Marriage in wartime was far from conventional. This display celebrates two memorable weddings from the First and Second World Wars.
Joan Corbett's wedding dress was sewn from a parachute. It was picked up by her fiance, Leading Aircraftman Eric Chapman, from a stockpile while being demobilised from the Pacific at the end of World War II. Her mother sewed this inventive wedding dress, and also crocheted the delicate lace inserts.
During the First World War, Captain Thomas Blake and Miss Mabel Constance (Connie) Deane were married in the desert at Zeitoun Camp, Egypt. They made do with a marquee for a church but had a military band on hand for their walk up the aisle.
Weddings in New Zealand during the Second World War continued the tradition of long white or ivory coloured dresses, often with trains and flowing veils. This was in contrast to Britain for example where clothing was severely rationed.Read more
The wartime wedding of Captain Thomas Blake and Connie Deane captured imaginations when it was reported in newspapers in late 1915. The ceremony took place at Zeitoun Camp, near Cairo, in full military style. Read more