First World War Day in Walthamstow Village
15 Sep

The First World War Day in Walthamstow Village event is the outcome of a partnership between East London Western Front Association, Waltham Forest: Vestry House Museum and St Mary’s Church.

This is the second time we have worked together on a the First World War Day in Walthamstow Village

Last year in May 2017, the First World War Day in Walthamstow Village attracted more than 350 visitors. It was the brainchild of Malcolm Doolin, local historian, author and member of the Western Front Association.

 Here are some of the things that we are putting on:

  • Leyton Orient Marching Band
  • Living History Soldiers from the Nimy Company
  • Stow Caledonian Pipe Band
  • Walter Spradbery - Artist in War and Peace
  • A taste of the current Epping Forest District Museum exhibition.
  • The event marks the centenerary of the end of the Great War. It explores some of the lesser known parts of the artist’s life: his pacifism, work in the RAMC, the musical and the artistic events he held at his home in Buckhurst Hill.  Walter Spadberry is best known for his London Transport poster designs.
  • Illustrated talks on topics ranging from family history to RAF casualties, the service of African soldiers to the role of cartoonists
  • School Displays - contributions from Kelmscott, Lammas, Norlington and Walthamstow School for Girls
  • Wreath Making with local artist Emma Scutt, marking the Unremembered of the Labour Corps
  • Archive and Research Displays - learn about the resources available in Vestry House to help you do your own research
  • Book Stalls - new books by local authors and second hand
  • Leyton Historical Society and Walthamstow Historical Society - what was our borough like a 100 years ago?
  • Walthamstow Family History Society - find your WWI family
  • A Red Cross nurse's scrapbook
  • Home Front Kitchen - examining many aspects of life at home during wartime
  • Royal British Legion
  • Silver Lining Display – from WW1 to the Welfare State in Waltham Forest
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission - learn about the work the CWGC does looking after cemeteries and graves all over the world (including St Mary's itself)
  • The Big Ideas Company - helping to run commemorative projects throughout the centenary of the Great War - find out what's been happening
  • Gateways to the First World War Project displays
  • Theatre in the Great War - a rehearsed reading of Tommy by the Way by the East London Branch Players, with Helen Brooks of the Gateways Project
  • And much more ... 




Vestry House Museum and St Mary's Church on Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH
15 Sep 2018 11:00