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World War One


To mark 100 years since the First World War, communities across Shropshire have been working in partnership to deliver an ambitious programme of arts and heritage commemorative events, cultural activity and education, to honour and remember the lives of those who served in and were affected by the War.

The programme of events will culminate in a large scale commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wilfred Owen’s death at the age of 25 in November 1918, just 7 days before the armistice. In 2018 the events of WO100 will reflect on this emotional landmark with exhibitions, installations and projects commemorating WWI and celebrating Shropshire’s soldier and poet Wilfred Owen MC.

As part of the Wilfred Owen 100 programme, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery are hosting three exhibitions that will continue to run until January 2019.

Open Art Exhibition

An image of a painting done by Shropshire artist Andrew Sylvester in entry for the Open Art Competition coordinated by the Wilfred Owen 100 project. All entries will feature in an Open Art Exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shropshire based artists have responded to the themes of Wilfred Owen’s poems using a variety of media for this exhibition to be shown at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery from 25 October 2018 to January 2019.

Visit to choose your favourite for the People’s Prize – sponsored by the Friends of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

Standard Museum admission charges apply.

Strange Meeting

Strange Meeting offers you the chance to immerse yourself in intriguing visual interpretations of quotes from 14 different Wilfred Owen poems

Over the course of 2018, prints by Denis May have been on display in 14 different locations across county as part of the Shropshire Exhibition Trail.

This is your chance to see all 14 together in one exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Wilfred Owen’s poetry collection is vast, as are the prints by Denis May.

This art exhibition will be open on The Balcony from 25 October 2018 to 25 January 2019.

Standard Museum admission charges apply.


Fracture celebrates the story of the Sir Robert Jones and Dame Agnes Hunt and their pioneering innovative practices which they used to save the lives and minds of thousands during the First World War.

Their life-long friendship paved the way for radical change in wound treatment which saved countless lives at the time and continues to do so today and promoted rehabilitation of wounded soldiers.

Fracture will run from 26 October 2018 to 19 January 2019.

Standard Museum admission charges apply.

For more information about Fracture, click here.

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