The Battle of the Somme film (Cert.12A) showing at Malmesbury Town Hall: 18 July 2pm & 8pm – FREE

Screenshot of troops advancing (staged for the film)
Still image from the film showing a staged attack

The Battle of the Somme film (Cert.12A) showing at Malmesbury Town Hall: 18 July 2pm & 8pm – FREE

The screenings will include an introduction, expert commentary, and post screening discussion.

 

The Battle of the Somme depicts the British Army in the preliminaries and early days of the Battle of the Somme (1 July – 18 November 1916).

A restored version of the original 1916 film will be shown. The original film was seen by over 20 million Britons when it was released weeks after the battle began.

The film depicts trench warfare, showing marching infantry, artillery firing on German positions, British troops waiting to attack on 1 July, treatment of wounded British and German soldiers, British and German dead, and captured German equipment and positions. A scene during which British troops crouch in a ditch then “go over the top” was staged for the camera behind the lines.

Date: 18 July 2016

Screenings: 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: FREE – Available to collect from Malmesbury Tourist Information Centre (in the Town Hall).

Location: Malmesbury Town Hall,Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 9BZ.

 

 

‘Wiltshire Does Its Bit’ exhibition on display at Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury until 31 August 2016

‘Wiltshire Does Its Bit’, the second of Wiltshire at War: Community Stories’ five themed First World War exhibitions will be on display at Athelstan Museum right up until 31 August 2016. So you can pop in and enjoy the exhibition in the museum before or after catching the film.

Location: Athelstan Museum, Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Contact: 01666 829258 / info@athelstanmuseum.org.uk

Opening times: Summer 10:3016:30 Monday – Sunday

Admission: FREE

Using archive images from the First World War, and telling the stories of some of Wiltshire’s most memorable characters of the era, the exhibition paints a richly evocative picture of how ordinary people responded to the war effort across the county.

 Horses bound for the Purton Remount Depot. The man with the bowler hat is probably William Robson.
Horses bound for the Purton Remount Depot. The man with the bowler hat is probably William Robson.

William Robson of Purton, for example, ran the Remount Depot with sons Herbert and Basil, training horses and mules ready for work at the Front. This work was important and usually done by the military, but it soon became clear that the Robson men had a knack with difficult animals, and the Purton Remount Depot was marked out as vital to the war effort, with horses deemed unfit by other depots being sent to Purton as a last resort. Horses and mules arrived by train, and up to a hundred at a time, tied in four, were led through the streets by a band of women volunteers from the village.

All five Wiltshire at War exhibitions will be touring around Wiltshire until 2019.

Make sure to keep up with events and exhibition locations at www.wiltshireatwar.org.uk, and www.twitter.com/wiltshireatwar

If you would be interested in donating content, or hosting an exhibition, please get in touch at hello@wiltshireatwar.org.uk

 


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