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Eyewitness Project – an overview

October 24, 20163:20 pmOctober 24, 2016 3:22 pm

Over 100 young people have worked with MediaActive alongside, historians, media artists, journalists, archives and museums to uncover some of the ‘stories’ of the First World War. Looking at first hand accounts of WWI, including the work of war artists, poets and journalists, along with archive material, photographs, film, diaries, and letters from the frontline and […]

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WWI at the Shropshire History Day

October 18, 201611:29 am

Local history enthusiasts flocked to the Shirehall to take part in the Shropshire History Day on Saturday. This event was jointly held between the Shropshire Remembers project and Shropshire Archives and comprised a series of talks and displays by over 20 local groups and organisations. The First World War was well represented with many local […]

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The Long Way Home

October 18, 201610:04 amOctober 18, 2016 10:08 am

Jake Elcock is a film production student at The University of Westminster Film School and is in the early stages of producing a feature film set in the trenches of The Somme. He has shot a proof of concept film this summer at the Oswestry Trench Experience and aims to shoot the full film next […]

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Was it Yesterday?

October 10, 20161:12 pmOctober 10, 2016 1:16 pm

Was It Yesterday? is a fictionalised account of experiences in the First World War by A. M. Bown, a well-known Shropshire farmer. He spent four years at the front as a subaltern in the Royal Artillery, being wounded twice, gassed once and winning the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry. His book was first published in 1928 […]

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Old Salopians in the First World War

September 27, 20162:58 pm

Shrewsbury School is running a project which commemorates the lives of former staff and pupils who were killed during the First World War. Many of these Old Salopians were killed in the Somme and Ypres campaigns and this is reflected in the numbers buried in the Somme (around 60) and Arras (around 40) cemeteries with […]

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Memorial to Major C.A.L. Yate, V.C.

August 30, 201611:13 amAugust 30, 2016 11:34 am

On the 26th August 2016, Madeley Town Council held a dedication service for the commemorative stone to Major Yate, V.C. The memorial has been laid in the refurbished square on Russell Green along with the repositioned war memorial. Major Charles Allix Lavington Yate was one of the first soldiers to win the Victoria Cross. It was […]

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Shropshire Remembers Film

August 16, 20162:21 pmAugust 16, 2016 2:25 pm

Since 2014 the Shropshire Remembers project has been delivering an ambitious programme of arts and heritage events to honour and remember those who were affected by the First World War. Filmmaker, Nick Fogg was commissioned to make a short film which would summarise these wide ranging projects – quite a challenge! Nick said the film […]

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WW1 Memorials Remembered Review

July 19, 20169:05 amJuly 19, 2016 11:00 am

St Mary the Virgin Church Shrewsbury 10:00 – 16:00 until 13 August 2016 Carl Jaycock is a generous man. With his wife, Zareen, he has spent months tracking down and photographing some 200 war memorials in Shropshire. The art project (financed by Arts Council England) which has resulted now stands like a pyramid before the […]

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Somme Tunnel in Shropshire

June 28, 201612:38 pmJune 28, 2016 12:40 pm

Keith Pybus can be seen here chatting to Shefali in the Shropshire countryside. He has been filmed by Midlands Today discussing the Somme Tunnel at the Bog mines. He says that “the BBC cast me in the role of the very sceptical historian who pooh-poohs the local legends”. To find out more about this tunnel […]

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Prisoners of War Remembered

June 14, 201610:27 am

An interpretative board telling the story of the Shrewsbury Prisoner of War Camp has been unveiled at the Abbey Car Park, Shrewsbury. Despite persistent rain a good crowd turned out to see Colonel Michael Evans TD DL welcome Lt Col Oberdorf (a serving officer from the NATO Rapid Reaction Force) representing Germany, to Shrewsbury. In his address […]

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