Two members of The Forum, Norwich’s Learning & Events team will be heading to Westminster Abbey to attend a special service commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
They are part of a cohort of 300 people selected to attend the service on Sunday 11 November in recognition of their contribution to Heritage Lottery Fund First World War projects.
The special service will be attended by members of the Royal family, religious and political leaders and by members of the public who have contributed to the Centenary on a national, regional and local level.
Learning & Events Manager Sarah Power and Heritage Assistant Lizzie Figura-Drane were selected for their role delivering The Forum’s Norfolk in The First World War: Somme to Armistice project. The final exhibition, bringing together all the exhibition is currently on at the Forum and Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library runs until Tuesday 13 November
The exhibitions were brought to life thanks to members of the public who came forward to share their personal family accounts and mementoes of relatives. This includes the story of Win Elwes from Congham, an ambulance driver in France who won the Military Medal for her bravery, the highest award possible for a woman at that time. Also on display is the Foreign Service Uniform and equipment worn and carried by Thomas Woods Purdy of Aylsham, a Major in Palestine during 1917. Liet. Colonel Purdy served with The Norfolk Regiment in Gallipoli and Gaza, capturing images of the landscape and his comrades through a field camera.
Commenting Sarah Power, Learning & Events Manager said: “ We are thrilled to have been invited to Westminster Abbey for this special and poignant service. This marks the end of an incredible project which has seen volunteers and members of the public uncover and share some amazing legacies and stories of men and women in Norfolk during an extraordinary period of history.”
The Forum’s First World War: Somme to Armistice Project was made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. HLF has invested £97million in 2,200 First World War Centenary projects.
More details about the project can be found at theforumnorwich.co.uk/ww1
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Notes to editors
About the Somme to Armistice project:
The Forum has received £90,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to deliver its three year project, Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice. The project remembers the men who fought and lost their lives in battle and the women who were either on active war service or remaining strong on the Norfolk home-front. The project focuses on the following strands:
- The Battle of the Somme in 2016
- The Battle of Gaza in April in 2017
- First World War Women on active service in November 2017
- First World War Women’s Legacy in November 2018
- The 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in November 2018
The Forum’s project shares the stories of our local heroes - both men and women – so their names, life experiences and sacrifices are acknowledged and remembered by new generations. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project will commemorate the lives of the fallen and those who returned via dedicated school and learning programmes, adult volunteer-led projects, public talks, events and exhibitions.
About The Forum:
· The Forum, in the centre of Norwich, is one of the UK’s most successful Millennium projects.
· It’s a public building, open seven days a week, all year round (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
· Everyone is welcome. Most of the public events, exhibitions and activities which take place at The Forum are free.
· The Forum Trust is the independent, self-financing, charitable organisation which manages The Forum building.
· It is responsible for The Forum’s continued development, growth and innovation.
· The Trust works with many partners to ensure The Forum plays a valuable role in the community.
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