Oxfordshire military children who have contributed to a special display at the Soldiers’ Museum of Oxfordshire have been invited to see their stories and photos in situ this week at an event to mark Armed Forces Day.
The event was organized by the military children’s charity, Little Troopers, which has partnered with the Woodstock Museum to curate content for its “Children and Military Lives” exhibit.
Over 20 military children have shared their stories, photos, letters and treasured family heirlooms through the charity, bringing the lives of the children of our Armed Forces personnel to life.
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Through the exhibit, the children explain in their own words how they deal with their serving parents being deployed overseas to different parts of the world, how they find a move and a school every few years – sometimes at overseas – and what it’s like to grow up in the British Armed Forces.
Six of the young contributors are teenagers from the local school, Carterton Community College and the museum also includes photos and stories of families living at RAF Benson and RAF Brize Norton.
Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, said, “Military life can be a truly unique experience, full of adventure, challenge and change. As a charity, Little Troopers strives to ensure that these challenges are better recognized and understood, which is why exhibits like this are so important.
“There are over 100,000 children whose parents are currently serving in the UK Armed Forces and visitors can now learn more about the lives of these children and life in the Armed Forces community through their eyes.”
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Ursula Corcoran, director of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, added: “Since our opening in 2014, we have sought to improve understanding between civilian and military life in the county through the museum’s events and exhibitions.
“Our partnership with Little Troopers has given us a valuable platform to explore the lived experiences of today’s military children compared to those of generations past. With these shared experiences and memories reflected in the exhibit, the children who have done a fantastic job of bringing their stories to life.
The Children and Military Lives exhibition is open until November 24. It also tells the stories of child victims of war, suffering the effects of military conflict – from World War II evacuees to today’s refugees and asylum seekers.
Military children can visit the exhibition free of charge upon presentation of a valid MOD90 card by their companion.
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