The Forum’s project, Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice honours the county’s First World War heroes and runs from September 2016 – December 2018.
The Forum, Norwich are calling for stories to feature in a forthcoming exhibition marking the changing roles and legacies of Norfolk women as the 100th anniversary of Armisitice Day in November 2018.
The project team are interested in stories about women in the First World War including: women who worked on the land, in industry, as munitions workers, Suffragettes or Peacemakers, poppy collectors and more.
Information and stories will help project volunteers add to the research for The Forum community project Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice with the help of National Lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Photo: Neil Storey Archive
The Forum has received £90,000 of money raised by National Lottery players to deliver this project which focuses on three very special 100 year anniversaries; the Battle of the Somme in 2016, The Battle of Gaza in 2017 and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018. The project remembers men who fought and lost their lives in battle and women who were either on active war service or remaining strong on the Norfolk home-front.
It shares the stories of local heroes – both men and women – so their names, life experiences and sacrifices are acknowledged and remembered by new generations via youth learning programmes, adult volunteer-led projects, public talks, events and exhibitions.
The young person’s strand of the project is called Finding the Fallen. Primary and secondary schools are researching their local war memorial and uncovering the real lives behind the engraved names. A comprehensive programme to support schools to teach First World War studies is being developed to include touring exhibitions, a website, films, learning pack, loan boxes and inset sessions for teachers.
The second strand of the project is called First World War Women of Norfolk. This involves adult volunteers researching women on active service and their legacy post First World War. The volunteers are working with Norfolk libraries, Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Heritage Centre and other museums and collections in Norfolk to research the stories and legacies of women in the First World War. Research will reveal the changing roles and perceptions of women in society and includes women’s roles in military service, hospitals, on the land, in factories and on the home front.
The five project exhibitions will be brought together in a special exhibition ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’ which will run at The Forum, Norwich from 01-13 November 2018.
More information about the Norfolk in the First World War project can be found on the project’s website
The Forum is also supporting Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library's Poppy Appeal. This craft project was launched to remember 15,500+ people who died as a result of WW1 and are listed on the county's war memorials.
The poppies can be made from any material and the deadline for submission is the start of September. For more information and to download a template, visit: norfolkinworldwar1.org/commemorating-the-fallen-of-norfolk/