Shropshire Council has received a £10,000 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the ‘In the Hands of Boys’, project, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War then and now programme, the project is using dance, poetry and photography to share stories about Shropshire’s involvement in the war.

Over 80 boys and young men from six schools across the county are working with creative practitioners, heritage specialists and using archive and museum resources to explore and re-interpret key aspects of the war and their local relevance to Shropshire.

Each school is focusing on a particular aspect of the war in Shropshire, including; KSLI (The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry) collections at Shropshire Regimental Museum, Stokesay Court one of several convalescent hospitals in Shropshire, Shropshire Archives, exploring experiences of soldiers and those at home, Trenches through the Ages (Park Hall, Oswestry), RAF Museum Cosford and the role of trains at Severn Valley Railway.

With support from heritage professionals and artists, participants are creating a dance performance, which will be shown at Theatre Severn on Sunday 12th November 2017, a touring exhibition that will combine images of the past with those of the present, using dance as the medium to create them and a book.

To book the last few tickets for the dance performance at Theatre Severn on 12th November visit Theatre Severn

Photo by Mark Anderson

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