Derby Remembers

9 June - 23 July

Welcome to Derby Remembers, a season of cultural events and activities to commemorate the First World War, allowing people of all ages to explore their own and the city’s connection to the conflict.

Drawing on archive letters, literature and artefacts, the programme will open up hidden histories and personal accounts of how the war impacted on the lives of the men, women and children of Derby.

These will sit alongside contemporary responses to themes of conflict and remembrance using film,poetry, story, music and performance.

Derby Remembers is timed to coincide with Poppies: Weeping Window at the Silk Mill Museum, which provides a focal point for reflection within this diverse season.

The Derby Cultural Education Partnership has also created a bespoke schools programme in order to encourage a deeper understanding of the First World War and which supports learning outcomes in art, history and literature.

The Derby Remembers programme has been made possible through the commitment and support of a unique mix of partners that involves arts organisations, libraries, museums, university and schools from across the city.

Here's what's on around the city;

Derby Remembers Digital Trail - 9 June - 23 July

Derby

The FREE to download Derby Remembers Digital Trail app is part of a season of cultural events and activities to commemorate the First World War. It is timed to coincide with Poppies: Weeping Window at The Silk Mill Museum.

The Artist's Studio - 10 June - 23 July

Use the available artist’s materials to capture your experience at The Silk Mill.

Shifting Reflections - 10 June - 23 July

Assemble words, shapes and symbols as you project your own personal reflections on to the walls of the Silk Mill.

Making History - 10 June - 23 July

Making History - 10 June - 23 July

Don't Miss, Family Fun

Take a seat at the Making History table to twist, fold and transform the newspaper headlines from 100 years ago and create a lasting memento of your visit to experience Poppies: Weeping Window.

Remembered in Derby - 10 June - 23 July

Remembered in Derby - 10 June - 23 July

Don't Miss, Exhibitions

This exhibition draws on personal stories of commemoration from the collections of Derby Museums, the 9th/12th Lancers Regimental Museum and the Midland Railway Study Centre to explore how we remember those who were lost in conflict over the last 100 years.

Derbyshire Lives Through The First World War - 16 June - 14 July

Derby Local Studies & Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

This exhibition tells the stories of Derby and Derbyshire soldiers, life on the front line and on the home front during the First World War.

Asunder - 21 June

Asunder - 21 June

Don't Miss

Narrated by Kate Adie, Asunder tells the story of what happened to a quintessential British town during the First World War, with virtually all of its men fighting abroad and its women and children left behind. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, the film uses archive and contemporary footage and audio, the stories of people from Tyneside and Wearside are revealed, uncovering what life was like on the home front. Join director Esther Johnson for an exclusive Q&A.

Community, Identity & Commemoration: Britain & The First World War - 23 June

University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

The symposium will explore how the War impacted on Britain’s communities and the impact it has had on the evolution of a shared identity.

All Quiet On The Western Front (PG) - 25 June

Based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of the First World War, and starring Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray and Arnold Lucy.

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem & Peter Roberts' Strange Meeting - 28 June

In his War Requiem, Britten used some of his most emotive music when setting Wilfred Owen’s poems. The concert offers a unique opportunity to hear these extracts in the resonant acoustics of Derby Cathedral.

The Sherwood Foresters at the Battle of the Somme - 29 June

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

On 1st July 1916, 160,000 men climbed out of their trenches for the opening of the Battle of the Somme, with the 1/5 battalion of the Sherwood Foresters involved in some of the heaviest fighting.

WW1: Object Identification - 1 July

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

Do you have family memoribilia relating to the First World War? Not sure of their significance, meaning or value? Bring along your objects to this free, drop-in session at the library with military expert Dr. Mike Galer - no need to book.

WWI: Postcards to the Past - 1 July

This activity is an opportunity for families to discover the stories of war through the interpretation of postcards written during the First World War from the Museum’s collection.

Derby at War - 6 July

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

This fascinating illustrated talk by Dr. Mike Galer, author of Derby: Remembering 1914-18, offers an intimate portrayal of Derby and its people, living in the shadow of the “War to End All Wars”.

Creating & Performing WW1 Fiction: Mrs Eaton's Home Front - 7 July

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

Ann Featherstone has created a series of monologue- style short stories which bring to life the Home Front experiences of Mrs Eaton, a middle-aged woman with a grown-up family.

Magic Lantern Tales - 11 July

Poet & broadcaster Ian McMillan and documentary photographer Ian Beesley tell a story of the First World War from the point of view of the men and women who survived it and lived on to old age.

Tracing Your Military Ancestors - 15 July

Derby Local Studies and Family History Library, Riverside Chambers, Derby, DE1 3AF

Join us for a fascinating illustrated talk and hands-on workshop, exploring military records - find out what is available, where to find them and what they can tell you about your ancestors.

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Derby Remembers Brochure

The Derby Remembers brochure includes cultural events and activities to commemorate the First World War.

Derby Remembers Learning Programme

To mark the Poppies tour & the Centenary of the First World War, some of Derby's cultural organisations are offering an exciting schools learning programme to engage & inspire your students in the local & national stories of First World War.