The Wells Remembers exhibition marked the centenary of the First World War, telling the story of the events of a hundred years ago.
The exhibition has now ended, but the immersive Trench Experience remains part of the museum galleries.
The Trench Experience
Ascend the sweeping staircase towards the first floor galleries and your eye will be drawn to a dimly lit opening surrounded by sandbags, corrugated metal and weathered signage. Follow the sound of muffled voices and the tapping of morse code, and you will be immersed in the sights and sounds of a First World War trench. Continue through the corridor to listen to the conversations of tommies from Wells and their preparations to go over the top.
With its atmospheric lighting, battlefield soundscape and life-sized models, children and adults alike find our trench experience surprisingly immersive.
Please note that it is possible to bypass this section entirely and go straight to the upstairs galleries.
The galleries opened in August 2014 to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War. Funding for this project is gratefully acknowledged from the Heritage Lottery Fund of £8,500, along with a matching contribution from local donors. Wells Remembers has been created in partnership with: Wells City Council, Wells Cathedral School, Wells Blue School, The Wells Journal, Wells Cathedral, The Bishop's Palace, and the Wells Branch of the Royal British Legion. Thanks to Geoff Dixon and all who contributed to creating the impressive and poignant trench experience.
Images from the Wells Remembers exhibition, now ended.