Clifford Brown and ‘the best fish and chips for miles’, with thanks to John and Paul Brown for sharing their family photos and for many entertaining chats via email and the Aldbourne Net Forum
First World War grafitti on a chalk block revealed in an amazing 3D viewer; helping to tell the story of Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers, VC
Update: 12 October 2017 – MG mystery solved http://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/man-solves-mystery-of-1930s-sports-car-buried-on-salisbury-plain
Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper – thinking about archaeology
There’s a nice piece in the Guardian by Maev Kennedy about the first world war training trenches found by archaeologists at Larkhill. The cultural significance of historic military remains should not be underestimated. They are numerous and varied, and have enormous power to engage people in different ways with events we should never lose touch with.
When I visited the site last year, apart from the neolithic enclosure (of great interest in the context of Stonehenge of course) I was struck by a sports car that seemed to have been entombed whole in the 1930s. It was a sunny, frosty day, and you could make out “Pirelli” on the tyres. Long ago Forbes Taylor filmed a black hearse-like Rolls driving into a grave, watched by black-veiled young women in short black skirts, for a TV programme that featured the Sutton Hoo ship burial. No ritual at Larkhill: Si Cleggett tells…
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Our own single light yesterday evening – echoes of Cornwall – my father was born in September 1914 just across from http://www.cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org
‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’. These are the famous words of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, which for some mark the passing of the British Government’s ultimatum to Germany and the commencement of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
The Heritage in Wiltshire blog has been constructed to identify all of the First World War projects that are taking place within Wiltshire, as well as some of those within the 14-18 Now cultural programme. The statement by Edward Grey has been the inspiration behind the National Lights Out campaign, which you can read about on the blog along with other public art programmes such as the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London.
The period of the Centenary of the First World War will also see landmark cultural projects such as…
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Wiltshire Council joined with representatives from across many branches of the military at Tidworth Cemetery yesterday to hold a commemorative event in anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. With the nation building up to the 4th of August 2014 and the anniversary of the hour of the commencement of the war it was a fitting moment for the county to pause and pay its respects to those who were to fall between 1914 and 1918.
Councillor Jane Scott welcomed many hundreds of people from across the county to join with veterans and serving personnel to remember the individuals who gave their lives. A schools project has been underway across the county with thousands of children making commemorative crosses to recognise these individuals from within their own communities. Brigadier Piers Hankinson described the bond that Wiltshire has with the military and the on-going relationship which…
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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have published a guide for communities planning First World War commemoration events. From finding events in your area to advice for organising your own commemorations, this First World War centenary programme toolkit provides bitesized facts and suggestions to help local communities get the most from the centenary programme.
The easy-to-navigate guide has lots of helpful ideas, suggestions and links to the most up-to-date information on local and national events and activities.
You are invited to attend a county-wide First World War Commemoration Event on Wednesday, 30 July at 10am at Tidworth Military Cemetery.
This event will be for communities across the county to come together to mark and commemorate the sacrifice made by 10,000 soldiers from Wiltshire during the First World War. Each fallen soldier will be represented on a named cross – the names researched, and the crosses produced by Wiltshire school children. Each cross will be placed on a wall of remembrance which will provide the focus for this special event.
This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend the service of remembrance and reflect on the huge sacrifice made by so many from Wiltshire. Please extend this invitation in your local community as there is the capacity to host up to 10,000 attendees at the cemetery and we recognise that many people will want to participate…
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