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Trent to Trenches

First World War centenary plans unveiled

Nottinghamshire unveils big plans for commemorating the First World War centenary.

A major programme of events and activities will be taking place across the city and county in 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

Entitled Trent to Trenches, the programme will highlight how the conflict was a catalyst for huge social and economic change in the communities of Nottinghamshire, and provide a lasting legacy for future generations of this important time in the history of the country.

The Trent to Trenches Programme is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). The Partnership is delivering a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

Highlights include:

  • A living history event at Rufford Abbey Country Park on 28th & 29th June covering many aspects of both military and civilian life at the time. Featuring song and dance, static displays, vehicles, children's activities and period re-enactments.
  • A major exhibition at Nottingham Castle from 26th July - 16th November, exploring the experiences of Nottinghamshire people, at home and in the trenches of the Western Front, through powerful visual images and artefacts.
  • ‘Fields of Battle’ open air exhibition – located in the City Centre, making its first UK public appearance outside London.

Around 100 events and activities are already being planned, including talks, tours and exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and live music. Click here for details of events arranged to date.

Organisers of events or activities marking the First World War centenary are being invited to join the growing number of organisers promoting their plans as part of the Trent to Trenches programme. Please contact Faith Blakemore on faith.blakemore@nottinghamcity.gov.uk for further information about adding your event to the County-wide programme.

Visit www.trent-to-trenches.co.uk for a sneak preview of the Trent to Trenches exhibition at Nottingham Castle next year and to find out details of the volunteer groups and the important contribution they have made.

Volunteers are also being sought to help with the Trent to Trenches research and exhibition at Nottingham Castle. For further information about the volunteers programme please contact John Cotterill on John.cotterill@btinternet.com

To find out more information on Trent To Trenches, click here to download the official First World War centenary leaflet with details on how you can get involved.

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