Belfast Somme 100 Autumn Programme launch!

Belfast Somme 100

At the launch of the September - November Belfast Somme 100 programme, pictured from left: Karen O'Rawe, Chair of History Hub Ulster, and Antoinette Morelli, who stars in 'Medal in a Drawer' which runs in venues across Belfast from 27th - 30th September.

History Hub Ulster today launches it's Belfast Somme 100 September – November 2016 programme of commemorative events marking the centenary of the battles of the Somme, and the place of the Somme campaign within the First World War. Karen O'Rawe, Chair of History Hub Ulster and Belfast Somme 100 said 'The impact of the Somme on Belfast is remembered in this, our final programme of events. The people of our small city heaved with tears of grief as their young men were killed and maimed, no matter what their background.  Belfast Catholic, Protestant, Jew or Quaker - all served and died together at the Somme. The close links between people can be seen in our programme of events. Follow Rifleman Willie Kerr, a young Catholic man who enlisted in the YCV in MEDAL IN THE DRAWER. See his friend, young Protestant Rifleman George Kirkwood on the big screen at City Hall as part of the CASTLETON LANTERNS Project.  DR JOHANNE DEVLIN TREWE will give a lecture on the service of local nurses, like George Kirkwoods sisters Charlotte and Mary Ellen. The Kirkwoods and Kerrs were just two Belfast families who received telegrams announcing the deaths of their sons. NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS takes us back to a village waiting, with dread and hope, for any news from the front.  A SOMME CONFERENCE, HEDGE SCHOOL and LECTURE SERIES as well as COMMEMORATIVE events draw together all the perspectives of this centennial year and aim to enhance our understanding of the impact of the Slaughter At the Somme' The project focuses on the personalities and stories associated with the campaign and mark its place in the social and political history of Northern Ireland and pre-partition Ireland. The Belfast Somme 100 project aims to raise awareness of previously overlooked or submerged stories and personal connections that both the Somme and the events of 1916 have had with the broader history and development of Northern Ireland. The programme runs for 141 days across Belfast, the exact duration of the Somme campaign in 1916, and this Autumn it features a range of commemorative events including concerts, film, lectures, walks, exhibitions, poetry, debates, theatre, children and family activities. Highlights include: Medal in the Drawer, a play by Brenda Winter Palmer which follows four volunteers from Belfast on their war-journey; The Year of the Somme: 1916 in Perspective conference in partnership with the Western Front Association which features a ranges of local and international speakers;  Artists at the Somme with the visual artists, poets and musicians at the Ulster Museum; a series of talks at the Linen Hall Library;  No News is Good News a new play Philip Orr, will form a Kabosh promenade production at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum and take you back 100 years  to meet the villagers who were desperate for news and awaiting telegrams from the front; a season of films at the Queen’s Film Theatre; Castleton Lanterns, refound images of servicemen after 95 years will be shown on the Big Screen at City Hall;  The 1916 Centenaries, An Opportune Time for Reflection?, Hedge School in partnership with the Fellowship of the Messines Association, Battle of the Somme Centenary Concert at the Ulster Hall; and the programme culminates with a Keith Jeffery Memorial Lecture by Margaret MacMillan, Professor of International History at the University of Oxford. Local events throughout Belfast will continue through till the end of November. Activities will include the opening of a new memorial and lighting of a beacon at Skegoneill Avenue in November, a Somme Day Community Festival to launch Tree Tank in South Belfast, the 'Row on Row' remembrance event at Pitt Park on 18th November and a new activity and learning book on the Somme to be circulated free to schools and community centres and interactive workshops aimed at educating children and young people. The objectives of the Somme 100 project are to dispel myths and stereotypes, to promote and encourage dialogue within communities and with other communities and to create a space which allows the development of mutual understanding. Belfast Somme 100 is run by History Hub Ulster with an Advisory Panel made up of experts in the period and community leaders. It is funded by Belfast City Council. Full information, updates and ticketing is available at www.belfastsomme100.com, on Facebook and on twitter @belfastsomme100.  

Castleton Lanterns Community debate on the mythology of the Somme in our society

Somme Community Debate hosted by History Hub Ulster member Faye Rice and the Castleton Lanterns Project.
NOTE FROM The Castleton Lanterns Team
The Shining a Light on the Somme Community Debate on Saturday 12th March has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We will post once a new event is confirmed. Apologies for any inconvenience. Castleton Lanterns Team
Somme Community Debate  

Living Memory Pilot Project 2015

History Hub Ulster is honoured to have been invited to participate in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Living Memory Pilot Project 2015 and has created a short video based on the War Graves and memorials in Belfast City Cemetery as part of this project.  The video will be shown at a presentation of the Castleton Lanterns in Alexandra Presbyterian Church, Belfast at 2:00pm on Saturday 14th November 2015. Those featured are: Typist Sarah Rachel Orr (Sadie) Hale, Mercantile Marine (SS Lusitania) Sergeant Thomas Samuel Telford, Machine Gun Corps (Motors) Private David Lumsden Newel, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) Company Serjeant Major George Frank Newel, Royal Irish Rifles Lance Corporal Walter Newel, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) Rifleman Hugh Joseph Thompson, Royal Ulster Rifles Private Thomas Clulow, South Lancashire Regiment Air Mechanic 3rd Class Albert Edward Campbell, Royal Air Force Private Charles Banford, Royal Marine Light Infantry Trimmer William Edwin Gleave, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) Greaser Robert Bodie, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) Fireman George Richardson, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) Fireman Samuel Routledge, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) Steward Charles Jeffers, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) 4th Engineer Stanley MacDonald, Mercantile Marine (SS Celtic) Sergeant Charles William Evans, Royal Air Force Lieutenant John Alan Schwarz, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (HMS Whitaker) Signalman Lyn Edgar Landon Relf, Royal Navy (HMS Sarawak) Sapper James Orr, Royal Engineers Communities Secretary Greg Clark launched ‘The Living Memory Project’, designed to remind people of the 300,000 war graves and memorials in the UK. Many of these memorials lie in forgotten corners of graveyards; the Living Memory initiative is designed to aid their rediscovery. Communities Secretary Greg Clark said: “This year, of course, we’ve continued to mark the First World War’s centenary with a focus on the battlefields of Northern France, Belgium and Turkey. But we should take time to remember the brave men buried and commemorated here in the UK too. We owe our gratitude to those men, from across the Commonwealth as well as from the British Isles, who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First and Second World Wars. Paying respects at the war graves of Belgium or France is a life-changing experience, but the final resting places and memorials of thousands of brave men can also be found, not far from your home, in 13,000 locations across the British Isles. The Living Memory Project is a fitting way to pay tribute to that sacrifice and to learn about our shared history. I’d encourage people to get involved, and discover how they can pay their own tribute.” The Living Memory Project, part-funded by the Government, is working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and thirty-six local groups around the country to create remembrance events at local war memorials. Thirty-six groups will work with the CWGC to re-discover war graves, pay respect to the war dead, and share their research with the wider community. “We should make a positive decision to remember these brave people,” said Mr Clark. “They may have died long before we were born, but they died that we could be free. Their sacrifice should inspire all of us.”  The initiative will continue long after this fortnight of activity, with all communities urged to remember these hidden war heroes annually – creating a thread of memory and shared history long into the future. CWGC Director of External Relations, Colin Kerr, said: “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s work overseas is well known, but here in the United Kingdom there is little awareness of the graves to be found in a staggering 13,000 locations, that commemorate over 300,000 Commonwealth dead of the two world wars. “We believe that this is wrong, and through the Living Memory Project aim to reconnect the British public to the commemorative heritage on their doorstep. With the support of DCLG, the Living Memory Pilot will encourage more people to discover and visit CWGC war grave sites in the British Isles, to remember the war dead in those places from the First and Second World Wars and to share and raise awareness of these 300,000 commemorations with their wider communities.  The aim is to roll the programme out nationwide in 2016 as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Somme campaign.” The project has been devised in partnership with community engagement specialists, Big Ideas Company www.bigideascompany.org. Chief Executive Virginia Crompton said: "We are proud to be contributing to such a meaningful project supporting people across the UK to discover their local war graves."

North Belfast Remembers Job Opportunities

We are looking for three people to help with our project North Belfast Remembers. Application details at the bottom of the page. Project: A series of arts and heritage based events aiming to connect the local community with the Decade of Centenaries and the First World War.  It aims to engage the community with their local history and begin a dialogue about the place of remembrance in today's society. It provides an opportunity for intergenerational storytelling aiming to enable older people and children to understand the importance of each other in the community. NORTH BELFAST REMEMBERS PROJECT MANAGER December 2015 – March 2016 (78 hours total / £12 per hour / Freelance) Roughly 4 hours per week, rising to 8 hours per week in March 2016. Role: Project Management of 10 research workshops, 5 art workshops and a final larger scale event in March 2016 Essential: 3 years project management experience / an interest in history / ability to work to own timetable and within budget / time management skills /Ability to engage with all members of our community Desirable: Experience having worked with older people and children / knowledge of North Belfast particularly BT14 / BT15 _______________________________________________________________________________ NORTH BELFAST REMEMBERS ARTIST 5 x 60 mins children’s workshops in February and March 2016 (plus 5 x 60 mins prep time)  (10 hours total / £30 per hour / Freelance) Brief: Artist for 5 arts workshops of 20 children each, aged 8 – 12 years old in community venues in North Belfast. The brief will be discussed in more detail with the chosen artist, but will involve decorating glass bottles. Essential: 3 years arts experience / an interest in history / ability to work to own timetable and within budget / /Ability to engage with all members of our community / Experience working with children Desirable: Knowledge of North Belfast particularly BT14 / BT15 ________________________________________________________________________________ NORTH BELFAST REMEMBERS RESEARCHER December 2015  (20 hours research / £12 per hour / Freelance) January – February 2016  (20 hours workshop delivery/ £12 per hour / Freelance) Role: Research of ww1 servicemen from North Belfast and delivery of 10 x 90 minute research workshops for older people in community venues in North Belfast. (plus 10 x 30 min prep time) Essential: 3 years research experience / an interest in history / ability to work to own timetable and within budget / time management skills / ability to engage with all members of our community Desirable: Experience having worked with older people / knowledge of North Belfast particularly BT14 / BT15 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Applications: Please send cover letter and CV to research@historyhubulster.co.uk Closing Date: Wednesday 25th November 2015     Please note this email is not monitored daily and we cannot acknowledge every application. Belfast City Council 2015 (Master) CRC logo