Exhibition at Brookwood Military Cemetery celebrating CWGC’s first 100 years

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission [CWGC] Brookwood Military Cemetery at Pirbright is the focus of an exhibition to mark the centenary of the CWGC.

The exhibition was opened by Brian Blessed OBE on May 2oth, and will run for six months. Also available during the six months is the ability to join a guided tour of the cemetery by CWGC volunteers. Tours are available at 11.0am and 2.0pm daily, or at other times when visitor numbers dictate. The exhibition, and tours availability, is from 20th May to 19th November 2017.

We visited the cemetery on Saturday 3rd June, benefiting from the knowledge imparted by the tour guides. Having guides on hand to answer questions is valuable, as the variability in headstones, and much else, is explained. While visitors can wander around the cemetery as they please, we enthusiastically recommend taking a tour. The CWGC say about the cemetery and exhibition,

[The Exhibition] has been curated by CWGC staff and will be staged in the Grade 1 listed Canadian Records Building at Brookwood – the largest CWGC site in the UK with more than 5,000 burials and 3,500 commemorations on the Brookwood Memorial.

Below is my short video of our visit, which happened to be on a lovely sunny day.

4 thoughts on “Exhibition at Brookwood Military Cemetery celebrating CWGC’s first 100 years

  1. Fab new presentation, with the added music. Well worth a visit, we went on one few years ago, I recall it being a special celebration, with gardeners, stone engravers etc and Chelsea Pensioners, Learned loads of history about the Military Cemetery during the guided tour.

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  2. Dear wife saves everything (or nearly). From the brochures it was a 2 day event Sept 7/8th 2012 with lectures, refreshments and free plants (but no cacti)

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  3. Dear wife saves everything (or nearly).
    From the brochures, we went on a 2 day open event Sept 7-8 2012, when they had lectures, refreshments and free plants (but no cacti !)

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  4. Colin, you were lucky to be there for the lectures. I sadly missed the one’s this time in late May. Oh, thanks for kind words, and you’re ribbing me about cacti. But, you’re right. If there’d been any for sale, I’d have bought them.

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