Er is een groot aantal activiteiten die zijn of worden georganiseerd de komende tijd. In België loopt al een groot aantal tentoonstellingen en projecten (http://www.flandersfields.be/nl), ook in het zuiden van Engeland is men druk doende met het organiseren van allerlei activiteiten, evenementen en tentoonstellingen. De grote diversiteit is terug te vinden op vele websites, er ontbreekt -algemeen gesproken- een kapstok, een ‘hoofd’site. Wij gaan de komende tijd geen kapstok maken hiervoor, wij kiezen een route (per openbaar vervoer) door het zuiden van Engeland en doen voor radio en site verslag van hetgeen we er tegenkomen, zonder compleet te willen zijn. Tevens zijn we niet blind voor de andere toeristische (en andere) zaken die we tegenkomen… Hieronder volgt nu al een keuze van velerlei activiteiten, soms zelf als primeur. De websites geven meestal meer en relevantere informatie. Raadpleeg die dus zeker.
England Remembers the First World War
2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for England and the world. The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums (IWM), will mark the centenary by leading a vibrant, four-year cultural programme that includes over 500 new exhibitions and 1,500 events.
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said:
“A time for reflection and commemoration, the anniversary of the First World War is something that will resonate across the country in 2014, shown by the outstanding level of activity across England. These experiences, from new exhibitions in our leading museums and galleries to specially commissioned pieces of theatre and performance, will allow visitors and communities to mark the centenary in a way that is meaningful to them. The programme being put together by Imperial War Museums and the First World War Centenary Partnership is a fitting tribute to such an important moment in history.”
Here, VisitEngland highlights a few key events taking place across the country.
A Day of Remembrance
4 August 2014, the day we entered the war, will be marked with a candle-lit vigil of prayer at Westminster Abbey (www.westminster-abbey.org). The service is one of a number of events being announced by the Government to mark the centenary of the start of the Great War. During the evening of silence, prayers, readings and music, the congregation will see the light of candles disappear one by one until a final remaining candle is extinguished at 11pm. Other remembrance events will be held around the country. For more information, visit www.1914.org.
Imperial War Museums
In July 2014, IWM London (www.iwm.org.uk) will open ground-breaking new First World War Galleries to mark the centenary of the First World War. The new galleries will draw on IWM’s First World War collections, which are the richest and most comprehensive in the world and the museum will unveil a newly configured atrium showcasing the collections’ larger objects. Weapons and uniforms, diaries, letters and souvenirs, will sit alongside photographs, art and film – many of which have never been seen before. The museum will also present Truth and Memory, the largest and first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years. This major exhibition, featuring over 110 paintings, sculptures and drawings from IWM’s collections, will assess the immediate impact and enduring legacy of Britain’s First World War art.
In Manchester, From Street to Trench: A War That Shaped a Region (5 April 2014 – 2015), will be the largest exhibition to explore the North West of England during the First World War, at IWM North (www.iwm.org.uk). The exhibition illustrates how a region was shaped by the conflict and how the people of that region played a significant role in global events.
Over at IWM Duxford (www.iwm.org.uk) in Cambridgeshire, the focus will be on the hangars and buildings on display that date back to the latter stages of the First World War. Visitors will be able to discover aspects of land warfare and mechanisation in the museum’s Land Warfare exhibition as well as First World War aircraft in its AirSpace exhibition.
Exhibitions & Events
Later this month, Stanley Spencer’s poignant memories of war are leaving their permanent home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel to be exhibited atSomerset House (www.somersethouse.org.uk). Painting scenes of his own wartime experiences, Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War (7 November 2013 – 26 January 2014) will focus on domestic everyday experiences – washing lockers, inspecting kit, sorting laundry, scrubbing floors and taking tea – in which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance. Elsewhere in the capital, the National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk) is to commemorate the centenary with The Great War in Portraits, an exhibition running between 27 February – 15 June 2014 that will form the start of a four-year commemorative programme. Tate Modern(www.tate.org.uk) will present 100 Years Later: Conflict, Time, Photography (from 19 November 2014, working title), where the relationship between photography and different sites of conflict is explored over time.
The first series of TV’s most lavish period drama, Downton Abbey, was set against the outbreak of the First World War. Next year, Highclere Castle(www.highclerecastle.co.uk), the setting for the series, will mark the First World War Centenary by hosting ‘Heroes at Highclere’ on 3 August. During the First World War, the castle was transformed into a hospital, just as it was in its fictional role as Downton Abbey, as patients began to arrive from Flanders in 1914. The event will feature The Kings Troop Royal Artillery, Physical Training Corps, The White Helmets and more. In the air, there will be Spitfires, B17s, and other exciting aerial acrobatics from the Great War Display. Fill up on corn beef hash from vintage catering units, drink traditional WW1 ales, and shop at the vintage fair.
Another English stately home, Castle Howard (www.castlehoward.co.uk) will display Duty Calls: Castle Howard in Time of War throughout 2014, an exhibition looking at the impact of conflict on the castle and its community. Showcasing images and artefacts from the Howard family archive, the collection will include many photographic and documentary discoveries from the First World War. Similar exhibitions have been taking place at other stately homes across Yorkshire throughout 2013, including Duty Calls at Kiplin Hall & Gardens (www.kiplinhall.co.uk) in Richmond, which continues into 2014.
The gun which fired the first shot at sea in the First World War is set to take centre stage at the new remembrance gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy(www.royalnavalmuseum.org) next year. The gun will be craned into place as part of the new HMS – Hear My Story exhibition at the museum in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Opening in spring 2014, the exhibition will give voice to the stories of the men, women and ships that have made the Navy’s history over the last 100 years and impacted on all of our lives. HMS will bring visitors closer than ever before to the real Royal Navy as their heritage is brought together for the first time.
The National Theatre’s award-winning production of War Horse (www.warhorseonstage.com) will continue to tour England until July 2014. The play tells the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in the First World War. This remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship will visit the Theatre Royal, Plymouth; Birmingham Hippodrome; The Lowry in Salford Quays; The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton; Sunderland’s Empire, and the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. Performances have also been extended to February 2014 at the New London Theatre on Drury Lane.
Award-winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett are creating new works for English National Ballet’s Lest we Forget(www.ballet.org.uk), a programme of British dance inspired by the centenary of the First World War to be performed at the Barbican in April 2014.
Comedian Caroline Quentin is set to star in a new production of Oh, What A Lovely War! at Theatre Royal Stratford East (www.stratfordeast.com). The performance contrasts the harsh reality of the First World War with popular songs from the period to deliver a powerful anti-war message. Runs 1 February – 15 March 2014.
Finally, Birdsong (www.birdsongthetour.com), the critically-acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks, will tour England again in 2014. Set in pre-war France against the Battle of the Somme, the show is a mesmerising story of love and courage.
See the full programme of events at www.1914.org or go to www.visitengland.com.
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Commemorate three momentous anniversaries in our garden
2014 sees three momentous anniversaries – 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, 75 since the outbreak of World War II and 70 since D-Day.
Kent has a wealth of connections to these significant periods in history, including the house that hid code breakers, the coast where bouncing bombs were tested; the secret tunnels from which Operation Dynamo was masterminded; and the airfields from which Spitfires and Hurricanes flew. A major programme of events and activities will be taking place across the county in 2014.
We invite you to visit Kent and explore the compelling mix of daring missions and surprise, tales of ingenuity and heroic human spirit that are waiting to be discovered.
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- The Guarding of England
Come and see the attractions that played a part and survived Kent’s role in Britian’s conflict history
Museums and Memorials
Honour the memory of those who died in battle and see a variety of preserved treasures
Kent’s WWII Diary
Find out more about the key events that took place in Kent during WWII – including D-Day!
Great Chart’s Great War
Godinton House ansd Gardens from 11th April – 31st October
Salute to the 40’s
The Historic Dockyard, Chatham from 20-21st September
War & Peace Revival
Folkestone Racecourse from 16th-20th July
- Self drive tours
Secrets and Spies
Go underground in a secret town and discover more about codebreakers and Blitz bombardments
Military and Maritime
Medway has been at the heart of the British defence for hundreds of years, especially throughout WWI and II
Proud to Serve
Kent’s local regiments, the crucial parts they played, and a lighter more enjoyable refreshment in honour of the past
10 days on the Frontline
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- Bookable Tours
Visit some of the key memorial sites in Kent with a lunch in Dover
Kent Victory Tour
Find out more about Kent’s links to wartime Britain with this 4 day tour
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Kent’s Wartime Coast
Step back in time on this nostalgic wartime tour around Kent for 5 days
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