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New exhibition launches at Eltham Palace

Published: Saturday 5th of July 2008

Visitors to London wishing to get a glimpse into the lives of officers who were based at Eltham Palace following the second world war now have the chance to do so thanks to a new exhibition.

Accounts from surviving soldiers and officers were used to create the exhibit at Eltham Palace, specifically, those of officers and staff who lived and worked at the Royal Army Educational Corps headquarters.

The exhibit opens this July and illustrates the contrast between life in the army, which was regimented to the extreme, and the soldiers' lives of glamour and frivolity at Eltham during the Courtaulds' years.

Brigadier Tom Sherry was one of those to share his memories, the BBC reports, of excitable "undergraduate behaviour".

"Most visitors associate the mansion with the fun and frivolity of the Courtaulds' time here, but actually these lavish interiors were enjoyed by RAEC officers for far longer than the Courtaulds lived at Eltham," curator Tori Reeve commented.

London Pass holders can receive free entry to Eltham Palace.

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