Watford remembers the Great War

A number of events are taking place in the town to remember the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War

Published: Thursday, 1st November 2018

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the First World War, Watford Borough Council’s Museum is hosting a number of events and an exhibition over the following weeks.

The first is an exhibition in the Museum’s foyer and Space2 Gallery from Thursday 1 November to Saturday 22 December, during opening hours.  The exhibition describes the impact on Watford during the Great War as it was told at the time through words and pictures from the local newspapers. 

This month’s theme honours the First World War, with a special performance of Walter Harvey Hallam’s ‘An Ordinary Man’ at 2pm presented by the Friends of the Museum. Come along and watch two actors from the Watford Folk Club portray the story of Walter, a soldier who served on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. No booking is necessary so just turn up.

Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “This November marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. The impact that the First World War had on our town was enormous. Huge numbers of Watford men joined the call to arms. The town also pulled together around the war effort. Given Watford’s proximity to training camps and transport links, Watford families regularly hosted service men in the town, and Watford residents formed working parties, making pyjamas and padded splints for the wounded.

“That’s why I’m really proud that we’re able to help Watford Museum remember our town’s role in the Great War and the men from Watford who made the ultimate sacrifice. I hope residents are able to come along to the exhibition and all other events being put on as part of our Watford Will Remember project.”

To find out more about the exhibition, the Walter Harvey Hallam performance or any of the other upcoming Remembrance Sunday events, visit watfordwillremember.co.uk.

Watford Museum is open from Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission to Watford Museum is free.  The Little Gallery Tearoom, located in the Museum sells delicious homemade cakes and Fairtrade tea and coffee. It is open on the first Saturday of every month, from 10.30am to 4pm.

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