Local Heroes, Distant Voices

Published on: Thursday, 13-March-2014

Tales from the battlefield are brought to life at a new exhibition in Knowsley which focuses on the real experiences of local soldiers.

Many of the displays in Local Heroes, Distant Voices, relate to soldiers who fought in World War One, which broke out 100 years ago this year.

They include letters to loved ones from men on the frontline – some of whom never made it home again.

The exhibition has been compiled thanks to local people who have allowed family memorabilia to be displayed, remembering those who have served during The Great War, and in the conflicts that followed. The result is a fascinating and poignant collection which brings together stories, experiences and documents which bring to life the reality of war – from serving on the frontline to the plight of families left back at home.

In fact, the vast amount of material which has been gathered while curating the Local Heroes, Distant Voices exhibition has meant that the exhibition will be spread across four venues across the borough, running from now until November.

Currently, visitors can see some of these fascinating displays at both:  

Huyton Gallery, Civic Way, Huyton, and at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning, Knowsley Park Lane, Prescot, until June 28.

It will then move to two different venues – Kirkby Gallery, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby, and Prescot Museum, within the Prescot Centre, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, from August 11 until November 15.

Local Heroes, Distant Voices is a thought-provoking and moving exhibition which honours all servicemen and women, from WW1 onwards. It includes medals won by daring local heroes, the heartbreaking letters exchanged by sweethearts, and incredible tales of survival against all the odds.