2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War and the Dean Heritage Centre, in Soudley, has a weekend of activities planned to commemorate the centenary.
Centre staff will be polishing their buttons and shining their boots as they prepare for a special “Home Front Dean” event on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 2014.
The two day event will be a commemorative weekend with nostalgic music from the ‘Marjorie Belles’ singing trio and the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir, ration themed cooking demonstrations from Harts Barn Cookery school, engaging theatre from ‘Spaniel in the Works’ and fascinating talks by the FW Harvey society.
Matthew Lightstone will be showing his 2013 short film ‘Ralph’. The film is a moving account based on the true story of his great, great uncle’s time in the war. Ralph Howell, left his job down the mines to enlist underage with the Pioneers, repairing and building trenches during the night. The film tells the story of ‘Ralphs’ life during the war and his premature death at just 17 years old. The film will be shown regularly throughout the weekend with two talks about the making of the film on both the Saturday and Sunday.
PR and Event manager Harri Le Claire said: “The Home Front Dean event is the perfect opportunity for families to come to the Centre to see the exhibition space and immerse themselves in music, theatre and discussion about the First World War. A great deal of hard work was put into the project by collections staff and the Forest of Dean Local History Society to create a unique and personal glimpse into life in the Forest of Dean at during war time.”
The Dean Heritage Centre (DHC) received £9900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their project, “Home Front Dean” in the Forest of Dean and the project focuses on how the First World War affected those living in the local area at the time.
The Home Front Dean exhibition, created in collaboration with the Local History Society, remains on display at the Centre until the 14th September 2014 and includes factual information, personal stories, objects and costume.
For more information about the Home Front Dean event weekend, please visit www.deanheritagecentre.com/events/homefrontdean.html