Bankfield Museum’s ‘moving’ war exhibition scoops prestigious history prize

A new exhibition "For King and Country: Calderdale's First World War Centenary 1914-18' has opened at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, today
A new exhibition "For King and Country: Calderdale's First World War Centenary 1914-18' has opened at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, today

A First World War exhibition shown at the Bankfield Museum has scooped a prestigious history prize.

The ‘For King and Country’ exhibition was named the overall winner of the Royal Historical Society’s first Public History Prize.

The display commemorates the region’s wartime contribution and experiences.

Featuring more than 200 objects, 200 images and archives and 65 local stories, the exhibition explores local experiences during the First World War - from soldiers, sailors and nurses to those at home working in munitions, hospitals and fundraising.

The judges said: “This beautiful and moving exhibition draws on community participation, encourages independent research, and gives a helpful account of the processes by which it was produced.

“The clear and evocative ways in which it uses local stories and artefacts is impressive, while it also provides a balanced account of many aspects of the First World War. The exhibition is informative, engaging, well-organised and elegantly designed.”

The prizes were presented last night at University College London.