#100DaysofVimy – March 2nd, 2017

Each Thursday, we run a social media contest! Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you can win a Vimy Prize Pack each week! Contest for Thursday, March 2nd 2017:

When Will R. Bird visited Vimy Ridge for Maclean’s Magazine in 1932, he came across fields littered with broken rifles, rusted helmets and other war material. In the years following the First World War, private collecting of such “war artifacts” became a popular hobby of both veterans and later generations. Some believe that these objects belong in a museum, while others argue that the vast amounts of such material are too much for a museum to ever store and maintain. What do you think about private collections of “war artifacts”, such as uniforms, badges, letters and other personal effects? Are there benefits or drawbacks to these types of items being in private collections? Let us know your opinions (respectfully, please!). We’ll randomly choose one discussion participant to win a Vimy prize pack.

Comment on our Facebook post, Instagram post, or tweet at us by 11:59pm PT on Thursday, March 2nd with your response. Only one submission permitted per account per platform (i.e. if you have an account on both Facebook and Twitter you can enter twice; you cannot submit two entries through Facebook). One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received during the time period on all platforms. The winner will be contacted on Friday March 3rd, 2017! These contests are not sponsored by Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

It was 25 years of private collecting that led to the creation of the Canadian Centre for the Great War, now home to approximately 4,000 artifacts.
Credit: Canadian Centre for the Great War, 2017.