Trench Brothers Exhibition

Interactive Exhibition at Newhaven Fort

HMDT Music’s Trench Brothers exhibition explores the role of the Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British soldiers, following the journeys and experiences of 8 individual soldiers. It combines factual historical information with the responses from schools across Lancashire, London and the South East through song, art, poetry and puppetry.

New for the South East are findings of a new research project exploring the Indian Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies Regiment training camp in Seaford.

It includes:

  • Maps tracing their travel to the Western Front;
  • Photographic documentation highlighting key elements of their military life and experiences;
  • Audio recordings of children’s Letters Home from given soldiers they set to music with a composer;
  • Children’s artwork created in response to the soldiers’ lives;
  • Interactive elements to explore rations and uniforms;
  • A range of artefacts including model puppets;
  • A special place of remembrance to share the experiences offered by the Trench Brothers performance piece

For more information see Newhaven Fort website.

The Trench Brothers Exhibition is supported by a programme of public events:

5 Aug 2:00pm The History behind the Trench Brothers Story

19 Aug 10:30 – 12:30pm Take Cover Drama Workshop, 1:00 – 4:00pm Make a Poppy or Sopwith Camel, All day: Nursing at the Front: join nurse Peggy as a new recruit

13 Sept 7:00 – 8:30pm The Trench Brothers Project
Creative Director Tertia Sefton-Green

15 and 29 Sept 2:00pm Make a Trench: Art Workshop
Artist Matt Edwards


Hardit Singh-Malik 

A large-scale commemorative performance of the Trench Brothers music theatre work will take place at Brighton Dome on 17 October 2018.

Trench Brothers at the National Memorial Arboretum – July 2018

HMDT Music’s Trench Brothers Exhibition is a creative response to the untold stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War. Take an ID card to follow the journeys of soldiers from the Indian Army and British West Indies Regiment through photographic documentation, uniformed model puppets, children’s artwork and audio recordings of their Letters Home set to music with composers, and interactive elements exploring uniforms and rations. Make a poppy with your own message for our special remembrance wall.

The Trench Brothers Exhibition was created in 2017 to develop the themes and creative approach developed in the Trench Brothers primary school project which has visited 40 schools in London and Lancashire since 2014. It offers a range of arts-embedded heritage activities such as artefacts handling, costumed interpreter, composition and puppet making workshops which culminate in performances of the specially commissioned music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor set to a libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green with the students perform with a professional artistic team.

The Exhibition at the Arboretum is made possible with support from Arts Council England. Trench Brothers exhibition was created with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more information see the NMA website