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Posted: Oct 19, 2018

East Dorset's War

A day of events to commemorate the end of the First World War.

The museum is organising a day of events on Saturday 10 November 2018 to commemorate the end of the First World War.

'East Dorset's War' is a day of talks and presentations exploring East Dorset's role in the First World War. It will uncover some of the people who served and fought in the conflict. It will also explore life on the home front during the war years. How was daily life for women, men and children affected by being at war?

Speakers will include Professor Karen Hunt, Professor Emerita of Modern British History at Keele University, and Martin Barry BSc (Hons), MA, Conflict Anthropologist and PhD student from the University of Bristol.

The event will take place at Queen Elizabeth's School in Wimborne from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Tickets £5 (£10 with buffet lunch) are available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116 (booking essential).

It is part of the museum's 'The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset' project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In the evening there will be a performance of 'The Gathering - Messages from the Great War' at The Minster in Wimborne, presented by State of Play Arts in association with the Priest's House Museum and ScreenPlay. This is an original performance of documentary theatre commemorating the lives of two local soldiers, Will Cutler and Hubert Wareham, and people closely involved in their lives, Will's wife, Tillie, and the Vicar of Wimborne Minster, Reverend James Fletcher.

Reviews of the production include:

"An awesome theatrical performance which was extremely moving and brought our family history to life."
Alan Wareham, Hubert Wareham's great nephew

"'The Gathering' was deeply moving and very beautiful - like a poem, spare in form but full of feeling. The actors expressed a great range of emotions, becoming the voices of the characters whose sacrificial lives are an inspiration to us and to generations to follow…"
Edna Powney

The production will also include a screening of the short film, 'Tommy's Sisters', about life on the home front in East Dorset during 1916, seen through the eyes of four women and a young girl.

The production by State of Play Arts has been commissioned by the museum, as part of its 'The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset' project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This will be a sign language interpreted performance. The performance will start at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (children/students £4) are available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116 (booking essential). Suitable for ages 12 years and over.

For further information please contact the museum.

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