A day of World War One events on Armistice Day

Join The Forum in Norwich, and the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library for a day of World War One themed events this Armistice Day.

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First World War Women of Norfolk: On Active Service – an exhibition in Norwich

First World War Women of Norfolk: On Active Service Exhibition

Girl Land workers in the snow at Thetford , Norfolk
19 January 1918

The Forum, Norwich, is launching a new exhibition celebrating the remarkable effort made by women across Norfolk on active service during the First World War.

Running from Saturday 4 November to Sunday 19 November in The Forum Gallery and the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, the free exhibition brings their stories to life. Continue reading

Norfolk Regiment in Ypres – a talk from a historian

Join us at the Millennium Library on 6th November to hear about the Norfolk Regiment in the Ypres salients during World War One.

Author and battle field guide Steve Smith will be taking us through the lows, and deeper lows, experienced by the Norfolk Regiment in this area during the whole war – including the 3rd Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele.

Tickets to this talk are free and can be booked by visiting our Eventbrite page here , or by calling 01603 774703.

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 launching the exhibition with the following event:

  • A preview viewing, with talk from the artist, in the evening of 24th October

 

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/

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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