First World War exhibition

We are presenting a number of the exhibits from the First World War exhibition we held on Hayling Island in 2014. ( For further information about the 2014 exhibition click here.)

These include the timeline banners that reveal more about each year of the war and provide a contrast between: world events, life at the war fronts, and day-to-day life back on Hayling.

Extracts from local Council records of the time show how the people of Hayling rallied to government calls to grow more potatoes and to convert every scrap of land to the cultivation of a special form of vetch that led to Hayling gaining the nickname 'Beanshire'.

A section of the display is dedicated to the men of Hayling who served in WWI and aposter depicts the women of Hayling who were left to raise the children, tend the crops and maintain the services normally undertaken by the men.

The exhibition is at the Spring Centre, Havant and will run until 1st April, 2016.