WWI anniversary in B&NES – share your events and plans

Helen Daniels at B&NES Arts Development is seeking information about any events or projects that you have planned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The Arts Development team are working on various projects to mark the 100th anniversary of the War, including an exhibition in Bath Central Library in August, and a website to help local organisations publicise their centenary events (http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/WW1centenary).

Already confirmed are ‘Home Fires: Bath and the First World War’ exhibition and associated lecture series at the Museum of Bath at Work, and ‘The Great War in Costume’ exhibition at the Assembly Rooms.  If any museums or heritage organisations have events planned she’d love to hear about them – and to help publicise them.

The website,http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/WW1centenary, is intended to be a ‘one stop shop’ for local people to find out about the WW1 centenary in our area and to get involved in the commemorations.

Helen has been really encouraged by the response so far from music groups, festivals, local history societies, museums, parks, schools, churches and local communities who are all keen to mark this 100th anniversary milestone.  An exhibition is taking shape and she isalso planning a major civic event for Monday 4th August, which will be 100 years since the day war was declared.

A ‘WW1-100’ working group is up and running and has been meeting to co-ordinate events and projects.  The group includes representatives from the Council’s Arts, Events, Education, Parks and Local Communities departments, the Army, the Royal British Legion and Bath Abbey.  It would be good to be able to report back to the group on how local museums are marking the centenary.

Helen is really keen to hear about and support all (Council and non-Council) events and projects taking place from 2014-2018 and would be really grateful if you could keep her informed of your plans.  All news can be sent to centenary_worldwar1@bathnes.gov.uk or she can be reached by telephone on 01225 396138 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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