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/