An exhibition called ‘Finding the Fallen: The Battle of the Somme’ is on display in the Millennium Library at The Forum from 11-18 November 2016. The exhibition features research by supported learning students from City College Norwich and year 2 students from Norwich High School for Girls. It forms part of The Forum’s three year ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’ project honouring Norfolk’s First World War heroes.
The exhibition displays the students’ research of soldiers from the locality of their school / college who fought at the Battle of the Somme. It includes a book of remembrance of the men of the Norfolk Regiment who died on the first day of the Somme and a photographic exhibition which reflects the disorder of war. Working with local military historian, Neil Storey, the students researched their local war memorial and uncovered the real lives and experiences behind the engraved names. Students also learnt about conditions on the frontline and how life was changed back at home by examining first-hand accounts, letters, costumes and handling original objects.
Sarah Power, Learning and Events Manager at The Forum said: “It has been great to work with the students on this exhibition. They visited the Earlham Cemetery War Memorial and worked with Neil Storey to explore objects, photographs and documents related to local men who fought at the Battle of the Somme. This exhibition shows their responses to this valuable learning experience.”
The Battle of the Somme exhibition starts in the Millennium Library and will be available to tour schools and community venues along with an accompanying film. As part of the project, a comprehensive programme to support schools to teach First World War studies is being created by The Forum and will include touring exhibitions, a dedicated website, films, a learning pack and inset sessions for teachers. There will also be plenty of hands on resources including costumes, objects and documents for schools across Norfolk to hire. For more information please contact email@example.com.
The Forum has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its three year project, ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’. This project remembers the men who fought and lost their lives in battle and the women who were either on active war service or remaining strong on the Norfolk home-front. The project focuses on:
- The Battle of the Somme in 2016
- The Battle of Gaza in April in 2017
- First World War Women on active service in 2017
- First World War Women’s Legacy in 2018
- The 100th anniversary of Armisitice Day in November 2018
The Forum’s project will share the stories of our local heroes – both men and women – so their names, life experiences and sacrifices are acknowledged and remembered by new generations. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will commemorate the lives of the fallen and those who returned via dedicated school and learning programmes, adult volunteer-led projects, public talks, events and exhibitions.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “The impact of the First World War was far-reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond and HLF has invested more than £80million in projects – large and small – which are exploring the continuing legacy of the conflict. We’re pleased to support the Norfolk in the First World War project which is enabling young people in particular to learn and share the stories of their community, on the Western Front and at home.”
For further information on the Norfolk in the First World War project project please email firstname.lastname@example.org