Trench Art rank as possibly the most unique artifacts in the entire Army Museum collection. This is art like you have never seen it before; strange and oddly beautiful creations, handcrafted by soldiers using military ordnance and hardware.
A soldier’s life could get quite boring between battles. During downtime or on leave, minds would often wander or look for creative expression to relieve the anxiety. Art was often the refuge of restless hands looking for “something to do”.
“Trench Art” is a term used to describe the handmade creations that came out of wartime. Spent bullet cartridges, an enemy helmet, belt buckle or badge--all became something else in the hands of a talented soldier. Some of these creations you’re just going to have to see to believe!
Examples of our trench art collection are always on public display. To view any special collection in its entirety, we ask that you contact the Army Museum in advance to book a private appointment with the curator or a member of the museum staff. If you are unable to visit us in person, you may explore our collection online with NovaMuse.