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New Exhibition Explores Canadian Experience in Belgium During First World War

Post Date:10/24/2022 9:25 AM

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2022

SWIFT CURRENT, SK —The Swift Current Museum is pleased to present the two-dimensional version of Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory., a travelling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum, on display now through to December 31st, 2022.

“From the first use of deadly chlorine gas in the Second Battle of Ypres to the treacherous mud of Passchendaele, Canadian soldiers faced horrific new weapons and unimaginable conditions on the battlefield,” says Dean F. Oliver, Acting Vice-President, and Director General of the Canadian War Museum. “This exhibition showcases the Canadian experiences in Belgium, and the impact these had on Canadian lives.”

Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory. is presented in a series of four panels using photographs, personal testimonials, and reproductions of art. It covers the invasion of Belgium in 1914, Battle of Ypres in 1915, Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 and highlights how memory of the First World War remains an integral part of life in Flanders.

“In addition to the travelling exhibit, service records of local personnel who served in World War I will be on display,” explains Museum Director, Melissa Shaw. “The ability to share our local archives as part of this exhibit allows our community to have a direct connection to such an important part of history.”

An opening reception will be hosted at the Swift Current Museum on October 25th, 2022, from 12:00 - 6:00 PM. Refreshments and treats will be served.

In addition to the opening of this exhibit, the Swift Current Museum is honoured to also unveil four new Veterans banners on October 25th. These banners will be proudly displayed in Memorial Park.

 

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For more information, please contact:                                   For media inquiries, please contact:
Melissa Shaw                                                                              Rri Branconnier-Bye or Chrissy Carter
Museum Director                                                                         Communications & Stakeholder Relations Team
306-778-4811                                                                              City of Swift Current
m.shaw@swiftcurrent.ca                                                             comms@swiftcurrent.ca

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