War centenary ideas sought for big event

By Jon Moreno

Published on Monday, May 13, 2013 - 08:41


NEXT year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and Islanders are invited to join a brainstorming session about commemorative events.

The government plans to support nationwide events with £50m.

Through the First World War Centenary Programme, the First World War Centenary Partnership and a network of more than 800 local, national and international, cultural and educational, organisations, led by the Imperial War Museum, aims to connect generations with the lives, stories and impact of the war.

People on the Isle of Wight and local organisations are being encouraged to table their ideas on how the Island can get involved, at a meeting to be held at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Tuesday, May 21.

The organiser, David Langford, a trustee of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, hopes a story of the Island’s social history during the First World War, the tales of Islanders who went to war and how the conflict affected the Island is told over the four-year project.

He said: "I am looking for 'faces of the Isle of Wight’ — those who served and those who laboured and worried at home. Wives, children and old folk — everyone had a story to tell.

"We should try to bring them to life with their stories.

"The commemoration will last four years and a rolling programme of events is envisaged. I hope many interested parties come to the meeting to share their ideas on how we can achieve this.

"This will not be a military event, as nationally there will be events to mark the anniversary of the start of the war, the first day of the Battle of the Somme and Armistice Day."

Some of the ideas already being discussed include the commissioning of history books, a travelling exhibition and a special Armed Forces Day featuring relatives on parade, wearing the medals of their relatives First World War veterans.

The meeting will start at 6pm.

For those unable to attend, ideas can be e-mailed to Mr Langford at ww1@carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk


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