The free ‘Images of War’ exhibition will run from Monday 14 January until Friday 1 February at the Thameside Complex. It will show how the Great War was seen at the time and in its immediate aftermath 100 years ago.
A selection of poetry, art, photography and official war posters will show how the war was represented by government, those taking part and in the arts. Sacrifice and loss are depicted through poetry and art, whilst posters show how people were encouraged to enlist or support the war effort at the Home Front.
World War One was the first conflict to be captured on film with newly available portable cameras taking some of the first documentary images supplied to newspapers. Advances in technology meant that photographers could take action shots in a way that had not been possible before.
Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, said: "The First World War left a rich archive, which depicts what life was like for those fighting the war and those at home. This exhibition uses this archive to offer an incredible glimpse into what life was like during the war."
The exhibition includes artefacts, images and photographs.