25th Oct, 2020

Free family day with songs, crafts, displays and films of Worcestershire's Great War project

Ross Crawford 27th Jul, 2018

A FREE family day marking the work of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme is to be held on Saturday, August 4.

Running from 10am to 4pm there will be music from the Trench Choir, WWI craft activities and moving readings of WWI letters, plus screenings of re-mastered films of the conflict recorded during the war.

Led by the county’s Archive and Archaeology Service, the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme received one of the largest Heritage Lottery Fund Grants outside of London, and for the last four years has been commemorating the role

Worcestershire played in World War One, telling the stories of local people, their involvement with and personal legacy from the War.

This latest event, at Worcester Guildhall, is an opportunity to find out more about what has happened to-date as well as looking ahead to the final months of the programme.

Younger visitors can join in with poppy printing and making activities, while there will be displays from the home front exploring food production and the role of women to an online record of Worcestershire memorials currently featuring more than 23,000 names, as well as objects and research telling stories of the men who fought from across the county.

In addition to the Trench Choir the day will also include poetry, readings and performances from concert hall recruiter Vesta Tilley or rather re-enactor Claire Warboys.

During the day visitors will also be able to watch the recently re-mastered The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (1917), a little-known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema which documents the autumn and winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western Front.

The film is accompanied by a specially commissioned score by Laura Rossi.

Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire World War One Hundred project manager said: “As we enter the final one hundred days of World War One we want to look back over the last four years and remind ourselves of the work organisations across the County have undertaken to remember the impact the Great War had on the people of Worcestershire.”

For the full schedule of events visit www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk.

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