Of Love and War details the relationships forged during times of conflict, the passionate affairs and whirlwind weddings of lovers caught up in war, and the loneliness of those serving away from home - or those they left behind.
Exhibition curator Rebecca Britt said the intensity of love amid times of war created a sense of urgency for some, with couples defying an uncertain future and marrying within days or weeks of meeting. Others were more cautious and put passion on hold, but treasured the keepsakes from a lover, such as letters, gifts and photographs.
The themes that Of Love and War covers include Romance and Recruitment, Meetings and Marriages, Letters and Longing, Loss and Loneliness and Beyond the Battlefield.
Visitors to the exhibition will see wedding dresses worn by war brides; posters of pin-up girls popular among soldiers to stem the loneliness of war; and works of art that captures instances of love amid conflict.
Some comments from our visitors include:
“Thank you, thank you, thank you for this display. I’m in my 60’s and I can relate to so much stuff from our family history” - Faye Meyers
“A beautiful display. My mother’s wedding dress is the same as one on display, both married in 1940. I was able to read and view everything on display without being rushed.” - Ruth Hall
“Breaks your heart, destroys your soul but makes you believe in angels!” - Yvonne Szwedye