This unique temporary exhibition recounts the history of the ordinary citizens of Ottawa through the formative years of our young nation during the First World War. The War affected all Canadians, and Ottawans volunteered in droves to do their part.

The exhibition will explore themes such as the South African War- Canada first overseas military expedition; nurses at War; the Khaki election; children growing up in wartime; life in the trenches and the aftermath of what was arguably the most devastating conflict in history.

From soldiers, sailors and airmen to nurses, factory workers and politicians, the people of Ottawa and the Valley played an integral part in the development of our National consciousness as well as our status on the world stage. Come explore the stories of the people who enlisted, fought and died in the service of their Nation.

Featuring exceptional artefacts, including a rare South African War album, a Flying Officer’s uniform, trench art, historic documents, newly-restored Victory Bonds posters and some rare photographs, as well as a commemoration wall and an immersive atmosphere, this exciting exhibition marking what will no doubt be the start of several years of commemoration is not to be missed!



Ottawa Answers the Call: The Capital and the Great War
runs at the BYTOWN MUSEUM from April 9th, 2014 to January 18th, 2015.

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