War display at museum looks at domestic life on the Peninsula

As war raged on overseas during the First and Second World Wars, families back home did their bit, too.

Remembrance day is November 11 and the Sidney Museum’s annual display

As war raged on overseas during the First and Second World Wars, families back home did their bit, too.

The home front will play a larger role in the Sidney Museum’s annual Tribute to Veterans display in November.

Spokesperson for the Sidney Archives, Brad Morrison, says the plan is to expand the scope of the historical display and include artifacts and documents detailing the hardships and sacrifices people made at home during times of conflict.

“The idea is to bring it home,” Morrison explained. “What did the people do back home while the men were off at war?”

Scrap iron was recycled for vehicles, oils and fats used in the production of explosives and many other items were rationed. Morrison said this year’s display — set to open at the museum on Beacon Avenue early next week — will run to Nov. 13 and feature contributions from places like the B.C. Aviation Museum, private collectors, local bookstores and more.

The focus on home life during the war years will augment the Museum’s tribute to local veterans.

Watch the Peninsula News Review for more details.