Friday, 14 August 2009

Harry Patch and the currywurst

by Kathryn Hadley

I tried and tried, but could not find a link between the following two new exhibitions. Their tone alone is completely different, but I felt that they were both worth a mention nonetheless.

Harry Patch’s medals went on display at the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regimental Museum in Bodmin this week. Patch, who died on July 25th, aged 111, was a machine-gunner with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. His eight medals include the British War Medal, the Allied Victory Medal and two French Legion d’Honneur awards. They were brought to the museum by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Lady Mary Holborow, after Patch’s funeral last Thursday, August 6th, and will form the centrepiece of a display until October. The medals will thereafter be displayed alongside other awards belonging the veterans of the same regiment.

Major Trevor Stipling, curator of the museum, was quoted on the website of Legion, the official magazine of The Royal British Legion:
‘We're very pleased and very proud […] He wanted [the medals] to go on permanent
display for the public to see - that was Harry's wish rather than being put away
at the back of a drawer where nobody would see them.’

The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Regimental Museum
The Keep, Bodmin
Cornwall PL31 1EG
Telephone: 01208 72810
http://www.lightinfantry.org.uk/

On a lighter note, a new museum devoted to the currywurst is due to open in Berlin tomorrow, August 15th, to mark the 60th birthday of the German speciality. Currywurst is a chopped up fried sausage which is then covered in tomato ketchup and sprinkled with curry powder. A section of the new exhibition notably describes the history and cultural significance of the snack and addresses some of the legends and controversies surrounding it, including the place of its birth. The exhibition thus refutes the claim that the currywurst originated in Hamburg and presents Berlin as the sausage's true home. The snack was allegedly first created in the western Berlin district of Charlottenburg in 1949 by a woman called Herta Heuwer.

No matter how excessive the concept may seem, the museum curators have take the new exhibition seriously. Museum director Birgit Breloh was quoted in an article on the Spiegel Online International website:
‘no other German national dish inspires such excitement as the currywurst.’

Deutsches Currywurst Museum
Sch├╝tzenstra├če 70
10117 Berlin
Telephone: 00 49 30 88718630
http://www.currywurstmuseum.de/

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