World War I & II Carved Panels exhibition
THIS EXHIBITION IS NOW ON PERMANENT DISPLAY ON FLOOR 3 NEXT TO THE WAR GALLERY
The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds took delivery of a brand new exhibit in early November – an installation of original carved wood panels by the West Riding Woodcarvers Association (WRWA).
The WRWA created 95 original hand-carved wooden panels on the themes of the First and Second World Wars, in a project funded in part by the Leeds Community Foundation.
The horror, suffering, courage and human spirit of those who took part in the two World Wars were the inspiration for this work. The project took approximately 8,000 hours in the carving process and many hundreds of hours were spent in the selection and redrawing of photographs and images.
The 95 individual pieces, mounted and displayed on two panels, depict five main themes: Air, Europe, Global, Sea and Home Front.
The panels were displayed at Halifax Town Hall (25 – 31 October 2010) and at Huddersfield Parish Church (1 – 7 November 2010) before going on permanent display at the Royal Armouries Museum.
The panels were ‘unveiled’ in the Museum at a service to mark Armistice Day (11 November 2010) and was on show in the Hall of Steel for the remainder of November as part of A Month of Remembrance.
Members of the WRWA were on hand to answer questions and to sell the companion book in aid of the Forget Me Not Trust.
For more information about the Association and to view a photographic gallery of projects and members’ carvings please visit their website www.wrwoodcarvers.com