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Our Cambridge Collection has changing exhibitions about Cambridge.  Much of our collection is in storage to ensure its preservation for future generations.


Trench Art

Donated by Mrs E Hardy
Accession No.224

Here we have an example of Trench Art from the First World War, created by Jack Young. Made from an 18 pounder shell cut and engraved to look like an officer’s cap complete with engraved decoration on the peak. The metal stand is made from a rod split in three at the bottom and curved to make three feet.
Many such items were made by soldiers waiting in the trenches and hospital to keep their hands and minds occupied.