The British Council have made available a schools education pack titled Football Remembers, which focuses on the games of football played in No Man’s Land in the context of the Christmas truce.
Ernie Brennan (Director of the National Children’s Football Alliance) would like to invite all Centenary Partners to take part in the Peace Day Celebrations being held as part of the Football & Peace project.
The day is being held on Friday 25th April at Maidstone United Gallagher Football Club, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ, and is FREE to all. Partners are invited to set up a First World War themed display/stand between 10am-4pm. To see the full programme of the day, visit their website here.
For further details and to register your interest, contact Ernie asap on firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com, or 01732 424080 / 07813 082584.
At the meeting, various working groups were established to help build a county-wide overview of various themes, including marketing, research, education and overall event co-ordination.
Progress has been made in each area:
Visit Kent lead the Marketing Working Group and since last summer, have been establishing the ‘public face’ of all our events and activities through their ‘Frontline Kent’ campaign.
They will soon be launching a dedicated website (www.frontlinekent.co.uk) which will hold a calendar of the events taking place across the county. While this is in development, they have created holding pages at visitkent.co.uk/frontlinekent – find out what events are currently listed here.
To add your event, activity or exhibition, all you need to do is complete this form and return to Visit Kent. I have been co-ordinating discusssions with Visit Kent, Culture24, and the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to enable the sharing of these event details – this means, if you fill in Visit Kent’s form, your details will also get transfered to Culture24 and the IWM’s own databases under the ‘Frontline Kent’ banner.
All museums supplying details to Visit Kent will have access to the Frontline Kent logo for their own marketing materials. Please contact Lynnette Crisp (Lynnette.Crisp@visitkent.co.uk) to request a copy of the logo if you have’t already received it.
Journalist Lesley Bellew is keen to include a comprehensive 2014 diary of events in the KM’s upcoming World War One supplements. She will be using the list of events on Visit Kent’s website to gather information and will try to include as much as possible, but if you would like to flag something up to her directly, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Research Working Group is being led by Rob Illingworth from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives. Along with a Time2Give give volunteer, he has been compiling a timeline of all Kent & Medway related events that took place between 1914-24.
The information has been uploaded into an online timeline, which is accessible to all – you are encouraged to use and link to it on your own sites. It is a fantastic resource and Rob is keen to keep adding more information – therefore, if you have anything that you have been researching in your local area and would like to share, please get in touch with Rob directly at Robert.Illingworth@kent.gov.uk.
The Museum Develompent Programme has been in contact with the South East Grid for Learning Associates (SEGfLA) in relation to First World War education tools.
A resource that is being promoted to all schools in the South East is the First World War Toolbox developed by the SEGfLA. The website offers the visitor access to a vast range of Teaching & Learning resources (most of which are free) to research the period 1914-18 or to plan a enquiry based history project.
There are plans to support museums in the creation of resources that can be used in conjunction with the online toolbox, so watch this space…
Trinity College have put together some information about how Arts Award can be linked to creative projects inspired by the FWW. They will be producing further resources and would welcome suggestions of information that would help museums.
At the March meeting, a FWW in Kent & Medway Steering Group was set-up, with Professor Mark Connelly from the University of Kent as Chair, and myself acting as secretary and maintaining the links between all interested organisations (via our FWW blog and mailing list).
Since then, Professor Connelly has led a consortium bid for £500,000 to the Arts & Humanities Research Council to establish a Coordinating Centre at the University of Kent. If successful this will be one of between 5-7 regional hubs which will manage, in partnership with the HLF, community projects connected with the First World War centenary. The primary aims of the project are to build a dialogue between academic and public historical research, and to assist communities in exploring their heritage.
The Centres will operate in co-operation with other major project partners in the heritage sector such as museums and archives. This will be done by a range of activities including:
- A website to coordinate and inform the Centre’s network
- Open lectures, seminars and conferences on war-related subjects
- Family history workshops
- Tours of archives and relevant collections
- Information events and open days
- Self-tour guides to the battlefields and significant war-related locations
- Visits to schools, colleges and community centres
- Providing advice on further bids to the HLF
We are awating the final outcome of the bid – details will be shared asap as this will underpin and cross reference all the above work that we have already achieved.
Don’t forget to register with the Imperial War Museum
The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 2,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums).
Being a member of the Partnership gives each one of us a stronger collective voice, visibility through the First World War Centenary brand and website, access to a wealth of expertise and resources.
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.)
About the South-East Grid for Learning Associates
The South-East Grid for Learning Associates seek to develop, promote and deliver high quality learning services to schools, colleges and partnerships across the South East of England. At the heart of our work is a commitment to using technology to enhance enquiry and project based learning. Major educational projects since 2010 include the schools Census project (http://census.segfl.org.uk/) a partnership project between the Grid, National Archives and Bfi, and the acclaimed Bird Box Project (http://birdbox.segfl.org.uk/).
This summer the Associates have been managing the Living Islands Live: A Puffin Season on Burhou (www.livingislands.co.uk) for the Alderney Wildlife Trust. In 2014 in partnership with the RSPB the Grid will be launching ‘Dungeness Live.’ A free educational website designed for all Kent schools.
Previous WW1 Projects and Training opportunities
- March 2013 Investigating the Past – World War I Events in Hampshire (Project CD for Hampshire Schools. Partners: HCC Archives & Local Studies at Hampshire Record Office/ Wessex Film & Sound Archives)
- Investigating the Past – World War I Events in West Sussex. Partner: Chichester University
- Interpreting the new primary history curriculum / World War I Project Planning Day for Kent primary schools (Proposed days to take place between November 2013 /March 2014)
- What happened here? – World War I Local Study Project (Kent Schools)
- Using ICT to interpret the past (WW1) (Using E2BN/National Education Network Resources) Museum Box, Cookit, History’s Heroes plus Census Data, Stop/Start animation and blue screening
- Web conferencing days with leading WW1 Military and Political figures
If you would like to find out more about Kent-based FWW projects, or want to get involved, please contact
Phil Bracegirdle (SEGfLA) E-mail: email@example.com or Tel: 07801 709409.
Amberley Publishing are currently looking at commissioning a series of books entitled ‘Voices of the First World War’. These will tell the story of the war in different counties across England, and will be published to tie in with the approaching centenary in 2014.
They are looking at compiling letters, diaries, and other contemporary literature from a range of ‘voices’ – those fighting abroad and living on the home front – into a book about Kent’s First World War. Kent was one of the most important sites of the war in Britain, and they would love to include it in their series.
The book Amberley Publishing are proposing will be largely made up of contemporary material, so the task would primarily involve typing up, arranging and editing the contemporary manuscripts, selecting images and photographs, and writing a short introduction to each section. Dependent on material, the book would probably be split into themes such as men at war, women at war, living at home, the front line, and what happened afterwards.
Amberley Publishing are a leading publisher of local history titles, and also have a strong track record in general history. They focus largely on British history, and consequently, are very interested in the effect of the First World War on home soil. A book on the subject would serve to increase public engagement in Kent culture and heritage, and would help focus media attention on the county as one of the major remembrance sites for the centenary. They are aware of the huge importance of a project such as this one. It is vital to record these ‘voices’ and allow them to tell their story, particularly as there are sadly few remaining who are able to remember this time.
Christian Duck, Editor at Amberley Publishing would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in, and have the expertise for, such a project. If you are interested and want to find out more about the work involved or royalty rates, please contact Christian Duck directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Amberley Publishing, The Hill, Merrywalks, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4EP
T: 01453 847814
Violafilms most recent work, Time Bleeds, is a drama/doc lasting 14m 40s created to commemorate the First World War and to stimulate thought, looking at the central question of ‘What happens if we forget?’
Synopsis: February 2013, a group of people came together with one question in mind “What happens if we forget?” The seaside town of Folkestone, Kent, UK was the gateway to the war for over eight million troops. With the First World War moving out of living memory what does that mean for us? Could anything like it happen again? During this experimental documentary the participants were taken back to World War One through a series of method acting workshops to answer these questions.
Time Bleeds has been made with local young people, mainly from K College in Folkestone, and really has helped them reconnect with their heritage; everything in the film is based on true happenings involving local people. The lack of knowledge regarding the First World War is quite amazing and Debra from Violafilms think it’s because it’s no longer within living memory.
However, working with young people in this way has really helped them understand about the war and its horrors. There are a great many commemorations taking place over the next 4 years via museums and heritage sites, in the main offering a range of exhibitions etc, but nothing that they can find so far, that asks the question ‘What happens if we forget? And ‘Why commemorate World War One?’.
This is the first stage of a longer narrative based piece Violafilms are filming later in the year, subject to funding, and has been attracting quite a bit of attention. Already Turner Contemporary Gallery have asked to screen it in 2013 and screenings have been held at Dover Western Heights. They are also already working with the Royal Engineers Museum in Medway on screenings and an exhibition for 2014, but would be interested in others screening the piece in their own spaces.
The next stage focuses heavily on some of the Belgian refugees, who came to Folkestone and in particular Leon Trulin, who was just 19 when he was shot as a spy in Lille, leading a band known as the ‘glorious teenagers’. His memory is still held dear in Lille with statues and memorials, and is hailed as a true hero. Very different perceptions of course are held of teenagers today and this offers an interesting way of working with this age group.
Feedback so far has been very encouraging, suggesting it should be shown in every secondary school. Violafilms would love to find ways of getting the drama/doc out to a wider audience, so any suggestions you may have would be fantastic.
Went to the premiere of this last night in an unheated disused factory – completely fitting venue for a film that grabs you and chills you with the challenge of its premise. Astonishing performances from local adolescents who, along with the rest of the cast didn’t know how the story was going to unfurl, and whose emotional responses to a war that’s passed from living memory, are achingly poignant. The faces of the youthful firing squad linger in the memory. A great achievement for all concerned. A special mention for the sound and music. And some of the images are so striking – the farewell between mother and son against the backdrop of a red brick wall, the nurses standing like sentinels on a Folkestone beach, and those faces of the firing squad. Stunning!
This really should be shown in all secondary schools as the anniversary of the outbreak of WWI approaches.
Dennis Hurleston on IMDb
Everything about the film, from the dramatic historical sequences, the modern versions of WW1 propaganda posters, the actors reactions during the workshops, the frightening lack of knowledge about the war exhibited by the youngsters during their interviews, to the glimpse of the future where White Feather TV will shame people into to joining up, worked perfectly and definitely answered the question “what happens if we forget?”
The team behind this film are hoping to raise funding for a longer version, and I for one am hoping that they are successful, as I feel that given the resources they will make a film that will become a classic and a worthy memorial to all those who died nearly 100 years ago.
Robert Green MA, BA (Oxon)
Opportunities to engage with Violafilms and young people…
The film is more suited to an older age group of 12+ but offers a great way to engage with a teenage audience which many heritage venues have said they find more difficult to find a way in to. Violafilms can offer a workshop programme involving film but based on WW1 themes. They are experienced in audience development programmes and were commissioned by Creative England, Screen South and the North Sea Screen Partnership to create a model of best practice in developing filmlabs for young people which has been shared internationally and have worked on projects with Rochester Cathedral and most recently UCA and K College, so have an established pedigree in working with young people.
On Friday 10th May, many people from around Kent & Medway came together at Maidstone Museum for the first sub-working group for Education.
There are lots of exciting ideas and plans forming; to read the full minutes, click here.
Amber Cottee, Deputy Curator (Education & Events) from the Royal Engineers Museum, is leading this group. If you would like to attend the next meeting (date TBC), please contact Amber on: email@example.com.
The Univesity of Kent have put together a few useful guidelines for Museums and Heritage organisations who are doing or thinking of doing things for the First World War Centenary. You can download a copy of them below:
IWM & brightsolid partner to create digital platform
Lives of the First World War
IWM (Imperial War Museums) and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology arm of publishing
group DC Thomson, are working in partnership to create Lives of the First World War – an innovative
and interactive digital platform to mark the First World War Centenary.
Lives of the First World War will hold the stories of over 8 million men and women who served in
uniform and worked on the home front. It will be the official place for communities across the world to
connect, explore, reveal and share even more about these people’s lives.
- IWM & brightsolid create ‘Lives of the First World War’ (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- IWM Marketing Meeting (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- Imperial War Museum and brightsolid to bring First World War Stories to Life Online (eogn.com)
- Lives of the First World War: Museum to create permanent digital memorial to 8 million who served (warhistoryonline.com)
- Help to honour the 8million unsung heroes of World War I (metro.co.uk)
- Lives of the First World War: Museum to create permanent digital memorial to 8 million who served (mirror.co.uk)
- brightsolid Online Technology Video (eogn.com)
- 2014 Real Poppy Campaign (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- IWM Updates (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)