In partnership with Step Short and Folkestone Town Council.
Discover the journey undertaken by millions of men during the First World War as they left their civilian lives to take up arms and answer their country’s call.
Explore the crucial role Folkestone played as a refuge for the thousands of Belgians who fled the German war machine. Their plight touched the British nation and prompted many men to join the war effort.
This fascinating exhibition draws on the rich Collection of the National Army Museum along with local artefacts and stories to explore how Folkestone became a gateway between Britain and the rest of Europe.
Associated events and talks
Call to Arms
4 August 2014
To coincide with the unveiling of the Step Short Memorial Arch, a team of First World War interpreters will be out and about on the streets of Folkestone. Will you be answering your country’s call?
Raising the New Army: British Recruiting Posters, 1914–15
25 September 2014
Speaker: David Bownes
Steady the Buffs! The East Kent Regiment on the Western Front
30 October 2014
Speaker: Professor Mark Connelly
Answering the King’s Call: Empire Forces in the First World War
27 November 2014
Speaker: Rob Fleming