The Burma Collection
The Burma Collection was inspired by documentary producer Martha Constable’s account of her time in Burma whilst she documented the incredible stories of bravery and endurance of POW’s who spent time in the prisoner camps in Burma. Under dreadful conditions these men built the railway from Burma to Thailand by constructing scaffolding out of bamboo to support the bridge that took the railway over the river. Thousands of men died from exhaustion, starvation, cholera and torture. On their return, despite their ordeal the surviving soldiers were not received as hero’s like their fellow servicemen. As ‘prisoners of war’, their status meant they had not been in ‘active service’, it must have been a cruel blow after all they had experienced. This was addressed more recently and the men eventually received £76 compensation for the trauma they had been through.