A First World War exhibition based on two paintings in the museum’s collections by artist Frank Hyde:
‘Wounded Soldiers Arriving at Maidstone East’
The ‘Trones Wood’ painting is accompanied by an array of items, sounds and images from the conflict. Uniform and military equipment used by the soldiers are shown, including a Lewis gun (which enabled the 7th Queen’s Own to hold Trones Wood). The ‘Arrival of a Convoy of Wounded Soldiers at Maidstone East’ painting tells a different story, this time of the home front. Images and objects such as prosthetic limbs, medical uniforms and equipment, and even a wedding dress reveal the lives of the injured returning home and of the people who remained at home.