Free hands-on history day on the Second Battle of Gaza, Saturday 29 April 2017. The Forum in Norwich is currently hosting a special First World War exhibition entitled ‘Finding the Fallen: The Battle of Gaza’ to mark the centenary of the Second Battle of Gaza (April 1917).
It commemorates soldiers who fought in the Norfolk Regiment and is an opportunity for visitors to reflect on the loss of 367 Norfolk soldiers and remember the sacrifices made by them 100 years ago.
As part of the exhibition, The Forum is running a free hands-on history day for all ages on Saturday 29 April from 10am – 4pm. Visitors can meet military historian, Neil Storey, handle First World War objects and uniforms and explore the stories and experiences of Norfolk soldiers. The event is free and no booking is required.
Hundreds of men from the Norfolk Territorials fought and lost their lives at the Second Battle of Gaza in 1917. The exhibition shares information on how the Territorial Force soldiers were recruited, how the campaign in the Middle East impacted on the Norfolk Regiment and includes the work of students from Sheringham Woodfields, St. Michael’s C of E Academy-Kings Lynn and the Belfry CEVA Primary School in Overstrand.
This exhibition and history day 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 project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “We’re delighted that money raised by National Lottery players has enabled this project to share the experiences of Norfolk soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gaza and engage local people in marking this important centenary.”
Following the exhibition at The Forum, The Battle of Gaza exhibition and an accompanying film will go on tour to schools and community venues around the county. As part of the project, a comprehensive programme to support schools to research their local soldiers from the First World War 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 free of charge.
The exhibition is open until Thursday 4 May 2017 in The Forum’s Gallery and inside the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library, 10am – 4pm daily.