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Marking the centenary of the Great War across the BBC

Marking the centenary of the Great War across the BBC

From the BBC Director General, Tony Hall:

There's a single idea behind everything you will see and hear today about the Great War – and it is this: no other event in our history has had such a dramatic impact on who we are.

The conflict touched the lives of millions across our country and the world over. An entire generation was defined by the war, on the battlefield and on the Home Front. Nobody escaped its impact – soldiers, but also wives, mothers, children. No war before demanded so much of the nations that fought it. Every resource – psychological, moral, industrial and military – was committed to winning it.

We all have a powerful picture in our minds of what form the First World War took, and yet, to this day, there are few questions more bitterly debated than the one that asks – what caused it? Even more contentious is the question of how the war ended, or rather how it didn't. Twenty years later, the world was at war again.

Like so many, I was deeply affected when I first saw the BBC landmark series, The Great War, 26 hours of testimony narrated by Sir Michael Redgrave. But, in the 50 years since that series first aired, we have so many new stories that demand to be told – and in ways that couldn't have been imagined back then. That's what we'll be bringing to you over the next four years.

I'd like to thank all our partners who have lent their expertise and resources so generously to help us create something very special for audiences today and, we hope, for many years to come.

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Final preparations for the 100th Birthday of Talbot House

Final preparations for the 100th Birthday of Talbot House

Digital renovation of "the Old House" completed

On 11 December 2015 Talbot House celebrates its 100th birthday. Following a multi-annual plan the house and garden were fully renovated. The renovation - in agreement with Environment and Heritage and sponsored by the City of Poperinge, the Province of West Flanders and the Flemish government - is now complete. Besides the practical renovation of the house and the garden, the educational offer was also renewed. On 12 October the Talbot House association crowned their work with the festive inauguration of Tubby's Story Tablets©, a brand new digital guide-system.

Tubby's Story Tablets©

The number of people visiting Talbot House has been increasing over the last couple of years and will increase even further in the near future. Not the stories about the House themselves, but the way in which we tell them to our visitors had to be change because of that. Those of you who have visited Talbot House before will know that as of now you need to have a guide to enjoy your visit to the fullest. It is however technically and practically impossible to offer each and every one of our visitors an elaborate "story tour". The size of some of the rooms in the House and the amount of guides at our disposal prevent us from doing so. In cooperation with Beligum, the company that is also responsible for our new website, we were able to turn our wildest ideas into a realistic and achievable yet modern and high-tech product: Tubby's Story Tablets.

From 12 October onwards, each visitor or group of visitors (up to about five people) will be given a tablet upon arrival after which they will be able to select a tour. Larger groups will be split up into smaller groups and treated the same way. In a first phase we will offer a general ("classic") tour. A "kids tour" will be introduced during the spring of 2014. After that we will be able to easily add new tours such as for example an Anzac Day tour or a Christmas tour. Each tour will be available in multiple languages and we will have tours available at every difficulty level. We have also taken into consideration that there should be different tours as far as time and length goes.

Each tour consists of a certain number of hotspots throughout the house, the garden and the museum. Once a tour has been selected the tablet will automatically show the visitor the direction in which he or she should walk. A blueprint (floor-plan) of the building and a compass (think of Jack Sparrow's compass) will help to lead the way. When the destination - in this case the first hotspot - is reached a "story" about that location will start to play. This story can contain video, a voice, a song, an image or even some text. In time we will also implement interactivity in our tablets, such as a hotspot that lets you play the piano or one that asks you to sign a digital version of the "friendships corner".

We believe that these tablets are the ideal way to bring Talbot House up to speed with recent developments and turn the limitations of the Old House into its strengths. Talbot House is still a real home. For 100 years it has never stopped being the "Every Man's Club" it set out to be in 1915. This also means that we don't want to put our collection behind a glass panel for people to look at from a distance. We want to keep everything open, accessible and authentic. Each and every visitor must feel at home here. That's where these tablets come in handy because - while not changing anything about the House itself - our visitors will be able to experience the history in this place better than ever before.

Submitted by Raf Craenhals, Manager, Talbot House

 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 October 2013 21:04 )

First World War, In Retrospect, Conference 2014

First World War, In Retrospect, Conference 2014

With the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War fast approaching, people across the world will be looking back at what caused the war and the effect it had on countries and the people. Weetwood Hall, Conference Centre and Hotel in Leeds will be hosting a First World War in Retrospect conference looking back at the first year of World War One.

The conference will be hosted by Dr Peter Liddle, who has devoted his life to recording the testimony of those caught up in the conflict. Dr Liddle has spent more than 40 years interviewing veterans of 1914-18 and compiling memoirs and collecting memorabilia, creating a collection of more than 20 books, which offer an insight of what it was like to fight and live during the First World War.

Dr Liddle, along with 19 speakers, will together present their knowledge of the First World War in a five-day conference from 28 July to 1 August 2014 at Weetwood Hall. The conference will cover the state of the warring nations' armies and navies, discuss the conflict in the air, the role that animals and sportsmen played and even the music of those years. Rare footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive will be shown, as well as information on tracing family history.

Peter Chubb, Development Director at Weetwood Hall, said: "This conference has been designed for likeminded enthusiasts to listen, reflect, share knowledge and gain a fresh perspective on the First World War. Guests will have the opportunity to discuss various aspects of the conference with speakers and other guests. To book a place on the conference, visit the Weetwood Hall website."

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 October 2013 21:00 )

The Commemoration of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior, 10 November at Victoria Station, 8.00pm

The Commemoration of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior, 10 November at Victoria Station, 8.00pm

The London Branch of the WFA will be holding its annual ceremony of commemoration at Victoria Station to remember the arrival of the Unknown Warrior this year on Sunday, 10 November 2013.

The body of the Unknown Warrior was brought to Platform 8 at Victoria Station on 10 November 1920 at 8.32pm prior to being interred at Westminster Abbey the next day, 11 November.

We meet by Platform 8 and ask people to arrive by 8.00pm for the short ceremony which starts around 8.25pm as it does get crowded. All are welcome, both WFA members and non-members alike, and we adjourn to a local hostelry for refreshments afterwards.

For more information please download the Order of Service below, or contact Mike Jackson by telephone 01895 475540 or 07711 509 501, or email the London Branch on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 November 2013 11:03 )

WFA Annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph: Monday, 11 November 2013

WFA Annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph: Monday, 11 November 2013

Attendance in the procession at the Cenotaph ceremony and in the service Guards' Chapel is open to all Western Front Association members. Members of the public are warmly welcomed to view the Cenotaph Ceremony.

At the Cenotaph

We must assemble in King Charles Street behind the archway and not at the junction with Whitehall. This will assist the marshals and will allow an orderly column of members to proceed to the Cenotaph. Please assemble no later than 10.30am.

Wreath Layers: Please Note!

Please order your wreath from the Royal British Legion early (tel: 01622 717172). Instructions regarding wreath laying will be conducted by the Parade Steward Colin Wagstaff between 10.10 to 10.20 am on the day. Medals should be worn.

A very limited amount of disabled parking facilities will be available in King Charles Street, provided that the driver remains with the vehicle at all times. Vehicle details must be communicated to the Parade Marshal John Chester ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 2 November to obtain access to King Charles Street.

At the Guards' Chapel

A Service of Remembrance will be held in the Guards Chapel after the ceremony at the Cenotaph.

You do not have to be a WFA member to attend the service in the Chapel. All are welcome.

At Peelers Restaurant

Lunch is available at Peelers Restaurant, New Scotland Yard for WFA members and invited guests. Maximum attendance 100 people. The cost of
the lunch will be £25 per person. The closing date for orders is 25 October, and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Please download, complete and return the order form below and return it with your cheque and a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish to book lunch.

Please see the following page for images of the 2011 Ceremony (there was no WFA Ceremony in 2012 as the date fell on Remembrance Sunday):

The WFA at the Cenotaph 11 November 2011

Please see the following pages for reports on the 2010 Ceremonies:

Official WFA Photographs

MoD Photographs

 

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:50 )


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