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Due to the latest guidance from the NI Executive, our museums will remain closed for a planned 6 week period from the 23 December. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to our museums when it is safe to do so and we would like to thank the public for their continued support and patience.
First World War image of a British stretcher party carrying wounded soldier through mud of battlefield. Possibly from the war in Flanders in 1917. There can be little doubt that some men died of asphyxiation or drowning in the sea of mud or in flooded shell-craters. The presence of infected mud in wounds led to potentially fatal illnesses as ‘gas gangrene’ which could be treated nowadays by antibiotics.
First World War recruitment poster; 'To Irishmen. To you fellow countrymen I appeal for help to raise a brigade to fight on the Western Front.'