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War relics for the museum

15 February 2019

February 14th, 1919.

IT MAY not be generally known that a Special Committee of the Imperial War Museum has been formed for the purpose of collecting for deposit in the museum materials and literature that shall permanently illustrate the work done in and for the work by religious bodies and associations. The Committee, it should be added, is representative of every religious community in the United Kingdom. Many of the chaplains, doubtless, have brought back interesting relics which they might at least wish to exhibit for a time, such as Bibles and Service books bearing the marks of having been under fire; altar vessels used, perhaps, in the course of some great battle or in other circumstances of great danger; and also books, photographs, pamphlets, notices, and posters that will help the future historian to give reality to his story, and show what part the religious agencies took in the war. Another department, we learn, will contain exhibits illustrating the work done by the soldiers themselves in the erection and equipment of temporary chapels in dangerous or ruined districts; also models of huts provided by various associations. Contributions of interesting objects can, of course, be sent in by anyone who possesses a relic or a document or a war book of any kind whatever that may be of interest as a record of the war. We suggest that they should apply for instructions to the chairman (who, by the way, is Dr Browne, late Bishop of Bristol), Imperial War Museum, Religious Work Section, Great George-street, Westminster, S.W.

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