To mark the Centenary of the First World War, Taunton’s Creative Innovation Centre (CICCIC) is exhibiting a community project that will enable local people in the borough of Taunton Deane to come together to see and preserve the memories and heritage of the people who served and lived through the First World War.
The exhibition runs Mon- Sat 9.30-12.30pm from Nov 6th – 29th
Staff and volunteers have collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters, military artefacts and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.
The project included a range of public events where the public could drop in and share their family history; the launch of a website where people can enter their relative’s photos and stories; view an online exhibition, and a 4 week physical exhibition at CICCIC from 7 November 2015. All information collated will be indexed for life by the British Library so future generations can learn about WW1.
A special Sunday opening on Remembrance Day (8 November) for the Exhibition is from 10am-1pm.
CICCIC director Andrew Knutt advises that “We’ve had photos, posters, medals, clothing, books, diaries, poems, objects made by service men, uniforms, coins, plaques, service documents, models, drawings, paintings, military artefacts and more.”
The project is also one of the largest partnerships of its kind in the South West with partners that include Heritage Lottery Fund, Somerset Armed Forces Community Covenant, 40 Commando, Taunton Deane Borough Council, The Historical Association, UK Hydrographic Office, and Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society.
CICCIC’s director Richard Holt said: “We have worked with 5 secondary schools and taught student volunteers on documenting and understanding WW1 and had a range of events for the public to bring their artifacts, stories and photos.”
For more information visit www.taunton-ww1.co.uk or contact CICCIC on 01823 337477.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
For more information please contact Andrew Knutt, 01823 337447, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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