Finding the Fallen: The Battle of Gaza exhibition panels tour the county

Following on from The Forum’s Battle of Gaza exhibition in April, there are more chances to view the pop-up exhibition panels as they start their tour of the county – find out more about the exhibition and where to see it below.

The Battle of Gaza touring exhibition marks the centenary of the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917, in which hundreds of men serving in the Norfolk Regiment fought. It tells the story of how the Territorial Force soldiers were recruited and of their journey from Gallipoli to Gaza. It also demonstrates how the campaign in the Middle East impacted on the Norfolk Regiment.

Officers Mess, 1/5th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment (Territorial Force) Palestine, 1917. Image courtesy of the Purdy Archive.

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Event Postponed

Apologies to those interested in this week’s “Author Talk with Edward Glover” to be held on Thursday 27th April – we have had to postpone this event.

We are looking to reschedule in the autumn when Edward will also have another book out and even more to discuss.

As soon as the new date is set we’ll start advertising.

Apologies the Norfolkinww1 team

World War One Author event at the Millennium Library

Earlier this year we featured the author Edward Glover here on the Norfolkinworldwar1 site as he told us a little about the dedication he placed at the start of his newest book – A Motif of Seasons.

We are really pleased to say that Edward has agreed to give a talk about his writing and also more about this dedication at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library.

The event will take place on 27th April at 7pm and tickets are just £2.  This event coincides with the Forum’s Finding the Fallen exhibition about the Battle of Gaza so why not plan some time to look around that as well before the talk?

To book tickets please call 01603 774703 or email millennium.lib@norfolk.gov.uk.

America, Norfolk and Two World Wars in the Air

While we’ve covered lots of different campaigns & aspects of WW1 here on the blog there are a few we’ve not yet looked at in much detail, two of these being the War in the Air and our transatlantic allies.

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2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the USA joining the First World War and while they are better known for their World War Two airborne missions there are still some surprising airborne connections.

As 2017 is also the 75th anniversary of the USAAF arriving in Norfolk during WW2 we will also be commemorating this throughout the year, and our first event will take place in this season of events as a taster of what is to come!

Tuesday 14th March, 7pm

USAAF75: 2nd Air Division Stories.

Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs and the Memorial Library’s American Scholars present stories of the American men and women of the 2nd Air Division, Eighth US Army Air Force, who were stationed in East Anglia during the Second World War.

The stories bring together information discovered in the 2nd Air Division Digital Archive, a unique collection of over 30,000 images of original photographs, letters, memoirs and other documents.2adstories

Thursday 16th March, 7pm

WW1 Aviation ~ the US Air Arm and German Amerika programmes

Local author and aviation historian Ian MacLachlan will be at the Millennium Library talking about the US Air Arm and the German Amerika programme 1917-18 (an effort by Germany to double aircraft output to support the push in March 1918 to beat the Allies before the American entry into the war made a difference).ww1avia

Monday 20th March, 7pm

Too Proud To Fight ~ how we remember the American entry into World War 1

Dr Graham Cross (Cambridge and Manchester Metropolitan Universities) will be at the Millennium Library talking about America’s entry into World War One in April 1917.

In his talk, Dr Graham Cross, explores the factors driving American intervention in the war, but also explores how we remember that pivotal decision. British narratives recognise the American contribution, but often also focus on the lateness of entry and the ‘Associate’ status of American belligerence in stark contrast to the later ‘Special Relationship’ between the two nations. The story of how British hopes and expectations, both at the time and since, colour our understanding of the American entry into World War I is both fascinating and timely in this centenary year for American participation in the war.tooproud

Thursday 23rd March, 7pm

Zeppelins Over Norfolk

Local author and historian Steve Smith returns to the library, this time giving an illustrated talk about the World War One Zeppelin air raids on the county.zeppelinsover

All of these talks will be free but please do book – either through Eventbrite  or by contacting the Memorial Library directly on 01603 774747 / 2admemorial.lib@norfolk.gov.uk

Image from the Archive

This portrait is thought to be from the studio of the photographer Olive Edis and probably depicts a member of the Cox family.

This portrait is thought to be from the studio of the photographer Olive Edis and probably depicts a member of the Cox family.

We’re cheating slightly with our image this time as it isn’t actually World War One related – however the photographer Olive Edis was the first female war photographer and in 1919 she did travel to France and Belgium to document the aftermath of the fighting.

There is just one more day to see the excellent Fishermen and Kings exhibition at the Norwich Castle Museum however from March 2017 you will be able to see a new Olive Edis exhibition at Cromer Museum.

 

Heritage Sunday at the Millennium Library

Norfolk at War

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The team from the Norfolk Heritage Centre are continuing with their monthly family sessions in 2017, and their first event on Sunday 22nd January will be about Norfolk at War.

Maps, photos and more more from our collection will be on display and Chris the Archive Specialist will be running some family-friendly activities too – I heard talk of making model gas masks…

The session is suitable for accompanied children aged 4-11 and is free – just pop in to the Children’s library between 2.30-3.45.

Christmas in the Trenches

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Christmas in the Trenches

Wednesday 14th December

7pm (tickets £2)

We’re very pleased to welcome author and historian Steve Smith back to the Millennium Library in Norwich for another of his fascinating, and moving, talks about the Norfolk Regiment’s involvement in World War One.

This talk will have a seasonal theme as Steve will talk about the 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment and the Christmas Truce. Other Christmas myths surrounding World War One will also be looked at.

To book please call into the Millennium Library, call 01603 774703 or email millennium.lib@norfolk.gov.uk