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Filmed and Not Forgotten - a project from the Yorkshire Film Archive

Filmed and Not Forgotten - a project from the Yorkshire Film Archive

"Filmed and Not Forgotten" is a project from the Yorkshire Film Archive to preserve, research and provide public access to a rare and important collection of films showing the people and places of Yorkshire during the Great War. Thanks to an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been undertaking vital preservation work on these fragile historical documents and, crucially, digitising the footage in order to make it accessible for future generations.

We're now conducting research into these films in order to identify individual soldiers and civilians, with the aim of bringing their personal stories to life as part of an online exhibition due to launch in the Summer of 2014, as well as presenting our findings in a series of screenings and public events from August to October. As part of that research, we're encouraging community involvement in helping to identify some of these individuals, and hope that WFA members may be interested in participating in the project.

Perhaps you have a grandfather who served in the York and Lancaster Regiment, or a great aunt that turned out to celebrate the end of the war in Elland? We're always interested in hearing the personal stories behind the men and women in these films, as well as any contextual information that might aid our research. To that end, we've created a research site at www.filmedandnotforgotten.com where you can add any information, insights or photographs that might help us discover more about these individuals - their backgrounds, their lives during the war, and - all too rarely - their futures.

You can also keep up to date with news and events through the Filmed and Not Forgotten blog, and browse the Gallery to view a selection of still images. To get in touch, please email the Project Officer, Jonty Carr, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or use the Contact form on the website.

These films possess an immense degree of relevance both regionally and nationally, and whether marching across Lendal Bridge in York or running around Beverley Racecourse, the individuals captured on film were real people caught in the midst of something great and unprecedented; each one of their faces has its own story to tell. Through the medium of these moving documents we hope to bring those personal stories to life in a visually direct and compelling manner, adding local relevance to a conflict that affected an entire generation and has had an immeasurably profound impact on the modern world. This project gives us a unique opportunity to conduct research into these personalities and many more like them - to ensure that they truly remain the "Filmed and Not Forgotten."

Jonty Carr

Project Officer

Filmed and Not Forgotten

Yorkshire Film Archive

01904 876472

 

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 January 2014 18:24 )

 

Merseyside Branch Western Front Association Great War Exhibition at Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre, Wirral.

Merseyside Branch Western Front Association Great War Exhibition at Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre, Wirral.

Many months ago I had the idea of staging an exhibition on the Great War, in which the branch could pull together and become more involved. At a branch meeting I put my idea to the members, and I was pleasantly surprised at how many people wanted to help.

There then followed many months of planning meetings, firstly to establish how many people wanted to get involved, and then the subjects we were to cover and who was going to cover what subject, then the lay-out, and finally advertisement. The two aces up my sleeve were our members Karen O'Rourke, who is the Curator of The Kings (Liverpool) Regiment collection at the new Museum of Liverpool, next to the Albert Dock, and Judith Beastall, Editor of our branch newsletter "Cheerio". These two ladies took on a huge amount of work, and spent many late hours preparing material for the event, and I am eternally grateful to both of them for all their time, effort, and devotion to setting up the event. The other people who I would like to sincerely  thank are the members who actually provided the work they had done for the exhibition, namely Conn Heede, Charley Southern, Mike Carty (Branch Treasurer, who was always willing to have us round to his house to conduct our planning meetings), Ian Kearvell, Simon Thelwall, Graham Gathercole, Pam Hall, Dave Horne, Frank Sherrat, Bill Boreland and, despite ill health, Rob Butler. Once again, I am eternally grateful to all of them for putting their time and effort into the work they had done.

Following meetings with Anne Litherland, the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre Manager, where we discussed: the price of the hire of the venue; facilities available to us at the venue; and advertisement to go round the building and notice boards of the park; all that was left for us to do was to put everything together. Judith even went as far as to send an official invite to the Mayor of Wirral, Dave Mitchell, which he gladly accepted.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 December 2013 18:05 )

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Season's Greetings from Bruce Simpson, Chairman of the WFA, December 2013

Season's Greetings from Bruce Simpson, Chairman of the WFA, December 2013

I would first like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014.

I also thank you all for your support for this fantastic Association, I know that John Giles and John Terraine, to name only two, would be most proud of all that has been achieved.

The Association grows in strength both in the UK and around the world, due in no small part to the dedication of a small but growing band of volunteers that are the branch Chairmen. It is their dedication and time that they give that allows us the opportunity to join together and both be entertained and informed at branch meetings all around the globe. Thank you to all of you.

As we move ever closer to 2014 I am acutely aware that those of us that have had the chance and the honour to meet veterans of 1914 1918 owe them a great debt, in as much as they were willing to tell us what it really was like, and how they coped afterwards was tremendous.

That link, between living history and all of us, has now passed. It is now our task to inform and educate the general population, and particularly certain politicians, that the war these men fought was won by their great determination and skill, and that this was probably the best army that Britain has ever sent abroad, and the British and our Allies defeated the German equivalent. We have made great progress in this field thanks to Peter Simkins, Gary Sheffield and John Bourne, and many more besides, for their determined campaign to get the correct recognition of "The Hundred Days" and to help the Centenary Committee formed by the UK government to understand the significance and how important this is. The WFA will continue to liaise and work with all organisations with an interest in this period so important to our history

I am sure that, if the WFA could produce a device to stop us all throwing things at the TV ever time we hear a comment that relates back to the "Lions led By Donkeys" era, we would make a fortune. But despite what is produced for TV and all other media, I can assure you that the WFA will continue to do what it always has, in supporting those who strive to tell the correct story of what happened and why. Most importantly, we will "Remember".

I would like to close with quotes from John Terraine, and a Sergeant Bill Wilson 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers, as found in "Cheerful Sacrifice" the great book on the battle of Arras by Jonathan Nicholls.

Sergeant Bill Wilson:
Let sleeping dogs lie. The Generals are all now dead and it is noticeable how most critics waited until they were dead before tearing them to pieces. I believe that our Generals were the best and did their job to the best of their ability. After all, we did win the War, didn't we?

John Terraine:

It is a simple historical fact that the British Generals of the First World War, whatever their faults, did not fail in their duty.

It was not a British delegation that crossed the lines with a white flag in November 1918.

No German Army of occupation was stationed on the Thames, the Humber or the Tees.

No British Government was forced to sign a humiliating peace treaty. The British generals had done their duty. Their army and their country were on the winning side. That is the only point for examination of their quality.

(The Smoke And The Fire p 214)

 

Bruce Simpson

Chairman, The Western Frobt Association

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 December 2013 20:55 )

The Western Front Association working with the Welsh Guards Collection

The Western Front Association working with the Welsh Guards Collection

Extract from the Welsh Guards regimental magazine for 2013 (used with permission).

The Welsh Guards Collection is an independent museum in Shropshire. Based at Park Hall, a former military camp just outside the town, it displays the regimental collection. Although it receives a small stipend from the regiment, it is dependent on voluntary donations and grants for its upkeep.

As the Museum Development Officer for Shropshire, I support the county museums with professional advice, training, grants and brokerage. As a recent newcomer to The Western Front Association, in addition to working with the Great War Commemoration Steering Group for Shropshire, I saw a great opportunity for some partnership work. Contacting teaching college and university chum, Matthew Lucas, the WFA's Historical Information Officer and a Trustee of the Western Front Association, we met up with Stan, the curator of the collection, and came up with some ideas.

I'll let Stan tell you the story:

"As we look forward to the next two years and what they mean to us, the outbreak of the 1st WW in August 1914 and then of course our formation in February 1915 a special display is a must for this once in a lifetime event. We have been extremely fortunate and privileged to take delivery of one of the biggest private collections of genuine authentic uniforms, weapons and artefacts relating to the Great War in the Country. "Matthew Lucas Collection" is the result of 36 years of compulsive dedication in uncovering and safeguarding these treasures for the likes of us to enjoy.

Image: L-R - Matthew Lucas, WFA Historical Information Officer, Stan Evans and Charles Singleton MDO

We made an exception to our loaning in policy on this one occasion and Matthew has allowed us at the WGC to display these treasures for the following two years. I can't thank Matthew as much as he deserves but you can by making the effort to visit us and see them.

We are also working with "Firing Line", The history of the Welsh Soldier and the National Army Museum at Cardiff Castle from the early months of next year. Our host at Park Hall has once again come to our rescue and have given us another building to house this unique display. Thanks again to Mr Martyn Hughes and his fellow Directors at the Countryside Experience.
Once again if you feel you would like to get involved with any of these activities I am always within easy reach on an E mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Charles Singleton and Stan Evans

Bulletin amendment - WFA Lancs and Cheshire speaker dates

Bulletin amendment - WFA Lancs and Cheshire speaker dates

Terry Jackson, WFA Lancashire and Cheshire Chairman, has notified that dates in the current issue of the WFA's Bulletin have been juxtaposed for 10 January and 14 March 2014.

The correct speakers and dates are:
Jan 10 Aimee Goddern 'Brigade Staff Hopeless & Inefficient?'
Mar 14 Rob Thompson 'Canadians after Vimy Ridge'.

The website listing for Lancashire and Cheshire events is correct.

 


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