Trustees of Billericay’s Reading Rooms Andy Maddocks and Keith Wood popped in this morning, ahead of next weekend’s Exhibition of Billericay in the Great War.
We started by talking about the fascinating history of what is one of the town’s foremost community resources, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year.
Andy and Keith went on to explain how the idea for the exhibition came about and how it focuses on showcasing the work of four local schools – Buttsbury Junior, St Johns, St Peters Catholic Primary and Quilters – with pupils from each school contributing work focusing on specific aspects of the War and its effects on the local community.
During our chat we considered the magnitude of the effects of the “war to end all war” and pondered the question of how different a world we’d be living in now had it not taken place.
Exhibition of Billericay in The Great War is on from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th March at the Reading Rooms in Billericay High Street. It’s supported by The National Lottery® through the Heritage Lottery Fund.