HORRIBLE HISTORIES: Terrible Trenches Exhibition

08 July 2009

HORRIBLE HISTORIES™: Terrible Trenches Exhibition

18 July 2009 – 31 October 2010 

The Imperial War Museum in London presents an unmissable family exhibition based on the Trenches Handbook, one of the books by Terry Deary in the bestselling Horrible Histories™ series published by Scholastic Children’s Books. To launch the exhibition on 18th July, celebrities and their children were invited to experience the new interactive exhibition which sets author Terry Deary’s acerbic text and Martin Brown’s evocative illustration alongside hands-on activities for all ages and items from the Imperial War Museum’s unique First World War collections.

Celebrity guests and children including: Bill Bailey, Dermot Murnaghan, John Simpson, Greg Wise, Laila Rouass, Amanda Mealing, Madeline Duggan, Nicholas LyndhurstBen Elton, David Baddiel,  tested their survival skills in an interactive gallery which explored the dire details of life in the blood and mud of the First World War trenches, from the British and German sides of the barbed wire.
They found out more about how soldiers coped with foul food, legions of lice, gruesome gas, sickness and sores. They tried on the curious clothing of the British and German soldiers, saw real items used by soldiers in the trenches, climbed through a mining tunnel and explored an officers’ dugout. Peered into no man’s land with a periscope, experienced the terrible toilets, smelled the stenches and splat the rats.

The exhibition is particularly recommended for children aged 8 – 12 years. A programme of free family activities will run alongside the Terrible Trenches Exhibition during the school summer holidays.
Adults £4.95, Concessions and Groups £3.95, Children £2.50, Family Ticket £13.00
Book online at www.iwm.org.uk/trenches or call 020 7416 5439

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Ben Elton
Ben EltonDavid BaddielJohn SimpsonGreg Wise
Ben EltonDavid BaddielJohn SimpsonGreg Wise
Dermot Murnaghan Laila RouassAmanda Mealing and Bill BaileyMadeline Duggan
Dermot Murnaghan Laila RouassAmanda Mealing and Bill BaileyMadeline Duggan