The Assembly Memorial Chairs exhibition in Norwich

The team at St Peter Mancroft Church in the centre of Norwich have been in touch to let us know about the wonderful World War One exhibition they will be holding from October 25th onward:

We will be hosting an art installation entitled ‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs’  by Derbyshire artist Val Carman, which will be on display in the church from 10am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday from 25 October – 23 November 2017.  This period is particularly poignant given that the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele is on 10 November 2017.

The installation consists of five chairs from Passchendaele’s St Audomarus Church – each representing the casualties of one year of the war 1914-1918 which will be shown by small lead numbers on each chair.

Next to the chairs there will be a book with the names of the fallen printed on the left hand side. The blank pages left on the right hand side are for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story.  Any story or local references to WW1 can be added to the book – photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.

The Revd Canon Ian Bentley, interim vicar of St Peter Mancroft said:   “The simplicity of this exhibition is very moving and we are honoured to have the installation in Norfolk during the centenary of Passchendaele to act as a focus for remembrance season.  To mark the centenary of WW1 many parishes in Norfolk will have carried out research on the names on their war memorials.  I encourage you all to visit, look for names in the book that you recognise and make sure that Norfolk stories from WW1 are recorded in this lasting memorial.”

‘Assembly’ will visit 15 significant sites during its journey and in 2018 the book and the chairs will be returned to Ypres and so we are very proud and excited that St Peter Mancroft forms part of this tour.

The team planning this wonderful exhibition are also holding several events including:

  • A preview viewing, with talk from the artist, in the evening of 24th October
  • Witnessing Passchendaele – an evening of poems, readings and music to mark the centenary of the end of the battle of Passchendaele – 6.00pm 10 November
  • Peace vigil overnight on 23 November before installation leaves Norwich

 

As we get more details we will share them but if you are in the city during this time the exhibition sounds unmissable – if you’d like any more information then please contact Geoff Woolsey-Brown 07752 025296 / 01603 617301 or visit https://assemblymemorialchairs.wordpress.com/

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The Great War and the Great Republic

The Great War and the Great Republic: The American Experience of World War One.

Our colleagues in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library, based at the Millennium Library in Norwich, have organised what sounds like a fascinating talk for the evening of November 1st.

Libby Morgan, the Trust Librarian, says:

In this centenary year of the United States entering the Great War, join Dr Sam Edwards (Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University) for this fascinating talk about the American experience of the First World War.

This a free event, but space is limited so we recommend booking a free ticket to reserve your seat. Please call the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library on 01603 774747, email 2admemorial.lib@norfolk.gov.uk  or book online via Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-great-war-and-the-great-republic-the-american-experience-of-ww1-tickets-38038119038

We hope to see you there !

 

What Happened to the 5th Norfolks in 1915?

On Tuesday 3rd October we’re really pleased to be welcoming historian and battlefield guide Steve Smith back to the Norwich Millennium Library for another of his great talks:

Steve will be talking about, and debunking, the myths that surround the alleged disappearance of the 5th Norfolks on 12th August 1915.

The event starts at 7pm and will last about an hour, tickets are £2 and can be booked by calling 01603 774703 or emailing millennium.lib@norfolk.gov.uk.

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.

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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