Army wives' life stories go on display

Dorset Echo: Members of the Coffee and Chat Army Wives group stationed at Bovington Camp Members of the Coffee and Chat Army Wives group stationed at Bovington Camp

ARMY wives in Bovington have been putting together a display on what life is like for forces families.

Members of the Coffee and Chat Army Wives group from Bovington Camp have been working with the Tank Museum on the Army Wife, Military Life exhibition that offers an insight into what it is like to be married to a soldier.

The group, which meets to socialise and support each other, have been getting together at the museum since last October to come up with ideas to represent their way of life.

The project has been run as part of the museum’s outreach programme and financed by the Army Covenant Fund.

Education officer at the Tank Museum Felicity Wood said: “This exhibition is the result of seven months of hard work by this fantastic group of Army wives.

“The museum contains a huge amount about tanks and the lives of tank crews and it’s fantastic to enrich that story by including the experiences of their spouses and families.”

The exhibition is divided into three sections with the first looking at the home and the challenges associated with moving every few years.

The second looks at operational tours and the third focuses on experiences and covers the opportunities being married to a soldier can give you.

One of the highlights of the exhibition are boxes filled with items from different parts of family life. They include school uniforms and homes furnishings and have been specially chosen by the Army wives group.

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