Trench Brothers Exhibition

Trench Brothers Exhibition

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.

The exhibition uses 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. Created in 2017 in partnership with Lancashire Conservation Studios, the exhibition has been shown at:
Lancaster Maritime Museum, The Flyde Gallery, Clitheroe Castle, National Memorial Arboretum, Diwali at Trafalgar Square and Newhaven Fort. It was created with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


In 2018, we developed a research project in partnership with Strike a Light Heritage, to explore stories of the Indian Military hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies Training Camp in Seaford. The findings by a team of 17 volunteers which you can see here, was displayed at Newhaven Fort alongside the Trench Brothers Exhibition.


The Trench Brothers Exhibition was 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 

The exhibition ran alongside a large-scale commemorative performance of the Trench Brothers music theatre at Brighton Dome on 17 October 2018.