Former MI5 head to open town’s war exhibition

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A former head of MI5 will open a new Swaffham Museum exhibition marking the centenary of the First World War next month.

The exhibition, Home by Christmas? The legacy of Swaffham’s Great War, opens on Saturday April 5 when Dame Stella Rimmington visits the London Street site.

Dame Stella, who led MI5 between 1992 and 1996, began her career as an archivist in Worcester before entering the security services.

Museum manager Sue Gattuso said she was an ideal choice to open the exhibition because of her career and the importance of both the security services and the contribution of women to the war effort.

She said: “We are very fortunate that Dame Stella has accepted our invitation. We are very much looking forward to welcoming her to Swaffham.”

Museum volunteers are also working on books of remembrances featuring residents’ stories of what their forefathers did during the conflict.

Mrs Gattuso said: “We can provide the background, but it is the stories and memories that bring the history to life.

“We are asking friends and families to add to these books their own anecdotes to build a real portrait of the North Brecks of the time.”