An author lot of museum mystery

Opening of new WW1 exhibition at Bankfield Museum. Pictured are Richard Macfarlane and Fiona Willats
Opening of new WW1 exhibition at Bankfield Museum. Pictured are Richard Macfarlane and Fiona Willats
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The diary of an unknown soldier is part of a Halifax First World War exhibition which has attracted thousands of visitors.

Bankfield Museum’s King and Country Exhibition opened five months ago and has had more than 10,000 visitors keen to view objects and artefacts on display to mark the centenary of WWI.

Of the sixty stories that feature, an unknown sailor’s diary is on display - giving a frank and descriptive account of life in the British Navy.

The diary was discovered in the attic of a Halifax house and despite attempts to discover the owner, the author remains anonymous.

It documents daily life on a naval ship during the war and depicts intricate drawings of boats and scenes of the sea.

Calderdale Council’s head of Neighbourhoods, Andrew Pitts, said: “The exhibition offers a fascinating insight into life during the First World War, both at home and abroad.

“The sailor’s diary provides one of the most thorough accounts of life serving as an officer during the war, and is particularly intriguing because of the mystery surrounding its owner.”

A full copy of the diary is available in the museum’s Research Room.

Bankfield Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm and entry is free.