Remembering for Peace: The Book of Remembrance at Narberth Museum

Throughout 2016, the Welsh National Book of Remembrance for the First World War has visited numerous venues and has been at the heart of our community activities across Wales. From February 9th to mid-April 2017, the Book and the accompanying exhibition will form the basis of an exciting and thoughtful programme of events in Narberth Museum, reflecting on the impact that the First World War had on communities in Pembrokeshire.

As at other venues, the digital copy of the Book will sit alongside the original, so that people will be able to view individual pages. Volunteers in Narberth Museum are also busy compiling local Pembrokeshire soldiers’ stories to be included in the exhibition. As we are learning as the Book tours the country, it is by focusing in on individual stories in this way that we can begin to understand the true horror of the loss of the 35,000 men and women listed.

For the duration of the exhibition, Narberth Museum’s work hopes to capture the human side of living through war, whether on the Western Front or the Home Front. Some of the stories will be obscure, some poignant and others joyful. The purpose is to bring people together, celebrate their shared experiences and feeling of community through the creation of a ‘new’ book: the ‘Narberth scrapbook’. If anyone is interested in contributing a double page to the book, or simply in discovering more about it, please email emma@narberthmuseum.co.uk.

While at the Museum, the book will also inspire a series of talks, workshops and events including a digital Instagram exhibition inspired by peace, an art installation, and a talk on War poetry by local historian Terry John. Full details available at www.narberthmuseum.co.uk/

If you have always wanted to research a family or community member who was involved in the war, but have not been sure where to begin, Wales for Peace are running a research workshop in Narberth Museum on Thursday 2nd March, to help you help us reveal more of the ‘stories behind the names’ in the Book. For more details or to book a place contact ffionfielding@wcia.org.uk.

To find out more about the history of the Book, go to http://www.walesforpeace.org/whybookofremembrance.html 

To view a digital copy of the Book, go to https://www.llgc.org.uk/llyfrycofio

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