Saturday, 31 May 2014

Welwyn's 1st World War

A talk illustrated with 3D slides of the conflict.The speaker gives guided tours of the battlefields, the slides belong to Bryan Parks, our local sculptor who exhibits during the Festival Week.

The speaker has researched all our Welwyn Cenotaph war dead and will give details of where the villagers died and the battles they fought in, as she charts the lead up to the war and its aftermath, from 1910 to 1922

Saturday 28 June 7-9pm at St Mary’s School Hall, Ottway Walk off London Road.

WW1 memorial slide from Great War Tours
"As the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War on 4th August 1914 draws ever closer, considerable newspaper column inches are being devoted to the family stories and long-lost photographs being uncovered around the country. 

These are principally portrait photos of soldiers and their families, studio portraits from a local photographer being well within most family budgets at a time when owning a camera was the equivalent of owning a helicopter today! And, of course, whilst those soldiers who could afford them were forbidden expressly to take cameras into the battlefield, and braved severe punishment in breaking the rules, official war photography was controlled carefully by both the Government and Army! 

Consequently, the searing 3D images which form part of Bryan Parkes’ personal collection, offers the viewer an unbelievably unique opportunity to journey back in time and not just look at the Western Front from a distance but be transported into it. This eminent local resident, artist and photographer’s collection will be illustrated further by Debbie Coupland, a passionate historian of the First Word War who will weave into her narrative details relating to the men of Welwyn whose names are commemorated on our own local War Memorial. 

Being presented to our local community on the evening of 28th June 2014, the exact centenary of the Austrian Archduke’s assassination which brought the world to war in 1914, this evening will be indeed an historic way in which to bring to a close Welwyn week."

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