Daventry Museum and Daventry Town Council’s events to mark 100 years since the end of WWI

Daventry Museum and Daventry Town Council’s events to mark 100 years since the end of WWI

Today, 8th August 2018, marks the 100 day countdown to the ending of World War One. On 8th August 1918, the Battle of Amiens took place, which was the beginning of the Allied offensive and one of the greatest advances that had been seen since the start of the war. Exactly 100 days later, on 11th November 1918, the armistice treaty was signed, signifying the end of the war.

To commemorate the centenary since the ending of WWI, Daventry Museum and Daventry Town Council will be hosting a plethora of events and projects for Daventry's community to be involved in.


World War One Centenary Exhibition

To mark the 100 years since the end of the First World War, Daventry Museum is holding a commemorative exhibition reflecting on the end of World War One and its impact on a post-war Daventry. On the Saturday open days, visitors will be able to view special exhibits, including footage taken throughout World War One. On Saturday open days in September, November and December visitors will be able to sing along to wartime songs played on the museum piano.

Exhibition Open: Saturday 1st September to Friday 14th December.

Museum Opening Times:

Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm

The first Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm

The Empty Chair Project

To commemorate the lives of the 114 soldiers from Daventry who lost their lives during the First World War, Daventry Museum has invited local Daventry schools and community groups to make and decorate a small model chair to represent each individual soldier. Once built and decorated, these unique chairs will be displayed at the museum and then given to those who wish to remember a soldier by promising to set an empty seat at their table on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018.

The Empty Chair Display will open from Saturday 3rd November to Sunday 11th November. On Sunday 11th November the museum will be open from 11.30am to 2.00pm to see this display.


Handmade Poppy Project

DTC's Handmade Poppy Project was launched in April 2018 and will see handmade knitted and crocheted poppies transformed into an art exhibition that will be displayed in the Holy Cross Church. If you would like to be involved, patterns can be collected from the Town Council offices, or downloaded from the Town Council website (www.daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk). Exhibition dates TBC. Please drop all completed poppies into the Town Council offices on or before October 1st 2018.

Screening of The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks

Date: Friday 9th November 2018
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Daventry Museum

The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks was filmed between September and November 1916 and is the sister film to The Battle of the Somme. It is the first film of its kind that contains shots of actual tanks that were used at the front during WWI and is a little known masterpiece of British non-fiction cinema that documents the winter stages of the Somme campaign on the Western front. The Imperial War Museum has recently digitally restored the film in its entirety, commissioning music by Laura Rossi to accompany the black and white footage. DTC will be holding a special one-off screening of this film on Friday 9th November 2018 at Daventry Museum. Places are limited, please book by calling 01327 301246 or email events@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk.

Remembrance Day Parade

Date: Sunday 11th November 2018
Time: 10am
Location: St. James' School, ending at the War Memorial with a service to follow at the Holy Cross Church. All welcome.

For more information on the above, please contact the Town Council on 01327 301246.

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2018 16:49 by DTC Events

Tags: Community, Daventry, Events, Museum, Town Centre