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The New Forest Centre will be unveiling a new exhibition next month which will be the end result of a project run by the New Forest National Park Authority. Sure to be a fascinating exhibition for those staying in holiday cottages in the New Forest, the “New Forest Remembers – Untold Stories of World War II” project has gathered together photos, memories and artefacts which tell the story of what wartime life was like in the New Forest.

One of the highlights of the collection will be a scrapbook which contains poems, Christmas wishes and sketches of the prisoner of war camp near Brockenhurst. The book, entitled ‘Lager 65’, was given to Max Mueller who was the leader of the camp, and a number of his other possessions have also made it into the collection, including four carved wooden figures.

The sketches in the scrapbook have been described as “striking” by organisers of the project, offering unique insight into the life of German prisoners of war. The New Forest Remembers exhibition will run from 23 March until 28 April at the New Forest Centre.