The Unknown Soldier at Paddington Station, taken by Rob Burnage. This photo appears with his kind permission
The BBC launched its World War One at Home project on 24th February. This project focuses on how the events occurring and the work done on the home front influenced the conflict. On the 24th, Stuart White of BBC Look East broadcast live from a WW1 film-set trench at Trench Farm in Suffolk and Kim Riley ran a piece on what life was like on the home front which was filmed at Gressenhall. The rest of the week saw fascinating stories recounted from the rest of the region.
All the stories broadcast on 24th February and subsequently will be made available online throughout this year and onward.
Schools across the region will be taking part in ITV News Anglia’s First World War Centenary School Report project. Schools have been invited to investigate a local story from the Great War and submit an idea for a news story in 250 words. The top ten ideas have been selected and the will have the opportunity to create reports to be included in the evening news programme.
From Norfolk, Flegg High School’s Year 8 pupils tell the story of Walter’ s War and Hellesdon High School tell the story of Henry Allingham, a relative of one of the students.
The stories will be broadcast from mid-June to mid-July.
Another exciting project which launches a little later this year is authors’ Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger’s ‘A Letter to an Unknown Soldier’.
Inspired by Charles Sergeant Jagger’s life-size bronze statue half way down Platform One at Paddington Station, the project invites people to write letters to the unknown Soldier. Letters can either be submitted online directly to a website or they can be sent to an address at Paddington Station.
The website will be launched in March 2014 and will initially focus on publicising and explaining about the project. On 28th June, the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, A Letter to an Unknown Soldier’ will open up for everyone in the country to take part in. The project will be open for contributions until 11pm on 4th August 2014.
Once the memorial is complete, the archive will remain online for the full five years of the WW1 commemorations, and will be accessible for people to read until Armistice Day 2018.
The project has been commissioned by 1418 NOW, which is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s WW1 centenary commemorations. For more information see www.1418now.org.uk