Northamptonshire Civic Dignitaries visit WWI exhibition

On Saturday 6th October Daventry Museum welcomed Civic Dignitaries from across Northamptonshire to the museum’s World War One Centenary Exhibition.

From left to right: Cllr Steve Osborne, Chairman of Northamptonshire County Council, Cllr Lynn Jones, Chairman of Daventry Town Council, Cllr Richard Dallyn, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Mike Arnold, Vice-Chairman of Daventry Town Council, Roger Money, WWI collector and exhibitor, Cllr Wendy Brackenbury, Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council and her Consort, Cllr David Brackenbury, and Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift, Chairman of Daventry District Council.

The Mayor of Daventry, Cllr Lynn Jones and her Deputy Mayor, Cllr Mike Arnold, hosted the councillors and gave them a tour of the poignant exhibits reflecting on the 114 Daventry Soldiers who fell during the First World War.

Cllr Lynn Jones, Mayor of Daventry and Cllr Mike Arnold, Deputy Mayor of Daventry

Cllr Lynn Jones said, “The exhibition is excellent and a fitting tribute to all the Daventry Soldiers who lost their lives during World War One”. “Today has given us the opportunity to share with the wider community what Daventry is doing to commemorate the Centenary”.

On speaking about the museum’s Empty Chair Project, Cllr Lynn Jones said “I’m so pleased and proud that this project has brought schools and community groups in Daventry together to remember our 114 soldiers by making a small model chair to represent each soldier”.

Empty Chair Model

Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift, Chairman of Daventry District Council, commended the museum’s Empty Chair Project and said “the families of these soldiers who gave their lives will be very touched”. Cllr Cecile Irving-Swift also referred to the amount of work that went in to the museum exhibition and said she was “impressed by the commitment and passion of the museum volunteers”.

The World War One Centenary Exhibition runs until Friday 14th December and will include Daventry’s tribute to those 114 Daventry soldiers from Saturday 3rd November to Sunday 11th November when there will be a special display of 114 ‘Empty Chairs’.

These unique chairs will then be given to those who wish to remember a soldier by promising to set an empty seat at their table on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018. Please contact the museum via the details below if you would like to reserve one of these chairs.

To find out more about the museum’s World War One Centenary Commemorations then please get in touch by contacting 01327 301246 or emailing museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk or by visiting the museum at 3 New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BT.