Monthly Archives: September, 2013

Centenary Plans – Update session, 4th Nov 2013

Join us at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham for an afternoon of networking and discussions around how Kent & Medway is planning to commemorate the First World War Centenary.

Hear from various organisations and their current plans, including:

  • ViolaFilms and their recent project, ‘Time Bleeds’, filmed in Folkestone
  • The National Children’s Football Alliance and the ‘Football & Peace’ project in Maidstone
  • Screen South’s recently successful HLF application developing the ‘Kent in WW1’ project for coastal Kent
  • An Arts & Humanities Research Council Co-ordination bid update from the University of Kent
  • News from the Lieutenancy and the commemorations they are supporting
  • An update from HLF on their First World War funding strand

This is a follow-on session from the previous afternoon get-together we held in March.  Since then, we have created a Steering Group to lead a co-ordinated approach to the sharing and promotion of information (including the launch of this blog), as well as 3 working groups, who we will hear from on the day.

To book, visit: http://fwwupdate.eventbrite.co.uk/ (PLEASE NOTE: You must represent an organisation who is planning something in commemoration of the FWW – many apologies, but this session is not for general members of the public.)

BBC Two’s ‘The Wipers Times’ looks at comedy on the Front Line

BBC2, Wednesday 11th September 2013, 9pm

The Wipers Times, a satirical magazine written by frontline soldiers during the First World War, has been turned into a BBC drama showing tonight on BB2.

Penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers Times tells the story of Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson, who, in the bombed-out ruins of Ypres in 1916, discover a printing press. They use it to produce The Wipers Times – a humorous, satirical and subversive trench newspaper which proves hugely popular with soldiers – though not entirely with their superior officers.

Read more about the drama and the real life history of the magazine and its authors, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/23931340

WipersTimes

BBC 2’s trailer for The Wipers Times:

Event sharing with Culture24 and the Imperial War Museum

Are you giving Culture24 all your event details?

Culture24 is collecting First World War Centenary events for IWM and the BBC. They’ve already got some great Centenary events on their website, such as Nottinghamshire’s excellent Trent to Trenches campaign.

If you’re planning events to mark the Centenary, input them into their Direct Data Entry (DDE) and they’ll do the rest.

Don’t forget to sign up to IWM Centenary Partnership, you must do so before Culture24 can publicise your First World War Centenary events. 

Why your event listings have the best chance of success – in their own words:

Culture24 has a reputation for having excellent quality listings. This is down to you. It’s why our partners, like the BBC want your data. Together we can raise the standard even further by adding more images, checking your venue details are correct and ensuring that you ‘tag’ events to their full extent. Why should you? It will improve your presence on our website and will enable us to approach even more potential partners.

www.CentenaryNews.com

Have you visited CentenaryNews.com?  The site has been launched to provide national and international news and information about the upcoming 2014-2018 First World War Centenary. It is owned and editorially controlled by a not-for-profit social enterprise, Centenary Digital Ltd.

The website contains news items, videos, details of events, educational resources, and links to articles and blogs. The site also includes a summary of organisations who are involved with the study of the First World War, or who are planning Centenary events.

Where possible and relevant, they refer to sources of information, and provide links to external source websites and is a great way to keep up to date with what is going on around the country.