The Battle of the Somme
To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, PRONI has released a composite panoramic photograph of the Somme battlefield. Stitched together from more than a dozen individual photographs, this image shows a 120 degree angle shot of German positions opposite the British Lines. The photographs were taken by an Irish officer serving in the Royal Artillery and they show villages, trenches, woods and other points of interest that the British army would be attacking. It is available to view on the PRONI website at www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni. (See https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/somme-panoramic-video or view below - Chris)
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PRONI is currently hosting its First World War exhibition to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition uses documents contained within the PRONI archive to provide an insight into what life was like for those who lived through the War. Items such as letters from the soldiers at the front, trench maps and recruitment posters provide a snapshot into key aspects of the war such as the home front, the battle of the Somme, the war at Sea and the role that women played in the war effort.
Libraries NI will be touring PRONI’s travelling exhibition on Constance and Eva Gore Booth entitled ‘Con and Eva’. This will be going to Armagh Library in July and then on to various other libraries over the following months.
(With thanks to the PRONI Express)
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