War Memorials list the names of men (sometimes boys) who died in the First World War, and the focus often falls on the trench warfare of the Western Front, but what was the experience of women during this time? A talk given to an attentive audience at Warminster Library and Museum on Friday 26th May
If you fancy catching up with the Wiltshire at War exhibitions as they tour the county, here’s a list of where you can find them right now! A Call to Arms 20th May – 17th June – Trowbridge Museum trowbridgemuseum.co.uk Wiltshire Does Its Bit 3rd – 31st May – Royal Wootton Bassett Library www.wiltshire.gov.uk/librarylocations.htm?act=show&libCode=WOOLIB A
Wiltshire at War: Community Stories is a five year Heritage Lottery Funded project, aiming to discover, explore and share stories about Wiltshire’s response to the First World War. Since 2014 we’ve travelled the county collecting stories of the amazing men and women who were affected in some way by the war a hundred years ago,
The 8th July 2016 saw Bradford on Avon Library host the production, ‘Over the Top: The True-Life Tale of Sapper Dorothy Lawrence‘, by the Heroine Project Presents. The play tells the extraordinary and tragic tale of Dorothy Lawrence, a woman who defies convention to dress as a man and head to the Front as a
New Summer Tour Dates for The Heroine Project Presents’ – “Over the Top: The True Life Tale of Dorothy Lawrence”
Three Fabulous New Dates Confirmed for July! The astonishing true story of Wiltshire’s forgotten First World War heroine, brought to life with storytelling and song by two talented performers. The Heroine Project Presents are delighted to confirm that we will now be sharing Dorothy’s amazing story with four brilliant – and very different
Lizzie Crarer talks about remembering and honouring Dorothy Lawrence through the production, ‘Over The Top’.
‘Over the Top’ began as a hunch. I was looking for an historical heroine as the subject for a new theatre show, and I was keen link with the act of collective remembrance provided by the World War One centenary. After several weeks of research, I came across the strange story of Dorothy Lawrence. Intrigued,
Do you know of any stories, photographs, or memorabilia relating to Wiltshire and the First World War?
We invite you to share your own accounts about life in Wiltshire between 1914 and 1918. Perhaps you have family stories passed down through the generations, or maybe you are a keen local history researcher and can tell us more about how your town or village responded to the Great War. If you would like to share a story or some research, you can: Upload your story directly to the website using our simple form here: wiltshireatwarorg.uk/storyupload. Contacts us via email or phone, so we can help you share your story through text and/or images, and/or conducting an oral history interview.
Below is a press release for the project, written by our Communications Officer, Dawn Gorman, and featured in the Blackmore Vale Magazine. *The text is a direct copy from the article. One correction to be made is that in most cases the exhibition will need to be picked up by those wanting to host it.
A Child’s War: Dancing Back to 1914’s ‘Rewind Dance’ at Trowbridge County Hall launches our 3rd Exhibition
This article has been written by Ruth Butler, Heritage Education Officer at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, and the mastermind behind the ‘A Child’s War’ Exhibition. Dancing Back to 1914 & A Child’s War This month we celebrated the end of a wonderful project that involved young people from across the county combining heritage and dance
The second of five exhibitions in the Wiltshire at War: Community Stories project has opened. The exhibition, Wiltshire Does its Bit, was launched at Mere Museum on Friday September 24. The exhibition was created with input not only from local museums and history groups, but also from the community itself. Involvement from the county’s older generation has