First World War Exhibition

Blood and Conscience: a Community at War

Our exhibition to commemorate the experiences of Primitive Methodists during the First World War opened in April 2014.  Don't miss it, as it will close at the end of October 2016.

Written and researched by Professor Michael Hughes, University of Lancaster, six panels give the background to the war and the pressure to join up; looks at Life in the Trenches; the role of Chaplains,such as R F Wearmouth, George Kendall and Phil Fisher; and features the stories of Conscientious Objectors, including Bert Brocklesby and Robert Wright. 

To accompany the exhibition, there are displays telling the personal stories of men caught up in the conflict. James Berry, who served in France with the Royal Army Medical Corps; Wilfrid Callin, a PM CHaplain whose letters to his family and his thoughts about was are in the Englesea Brook collection; and William Ralph Done, who became the subject of a hate campaign when a white feather was nailed to the gate of his farm, because he refused to fight on conscientious grounds.  He was sent to Dartmoor Prison.

Talks, a study day, and programmes for schools linked to the exhibition will be held throughout the year. Look at our programme of events for more details.

Do you know of someone who was a Conscientious Objector in WW1? Or do you have personal stories about Primitive Methodists who fought in the trenches, served in the Ambulance Units, or were Chaplains to the forces? If so, we would love to hear from you and include their stories in the exhibition.

Obituaries of young men who died in WW1 are being added to our online community archive.  More material will be added to the website during 2014. You can see this at


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