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 for smartphone and tablet devices (iOS and Android), tells stories involving Derby city and its residents during the First World War.

Derby Remembers Learning Programme -  9 June - 23 July

Derby

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

Sebastian Faulks in Conversation with BBC Radio 4's James Naughtie - 9 June

Internationally renowned author Sebastian Faulks’ latest book Where My Heart Used to Beat returns to what have become recurring themes in his novels: war and love.

Fire Trail - 9 June

Fire Trail - 9 June

Don't Miss, Festivals

Cathedral Quarter, Derby

An evening Fire Trail will light a pathway from the Cathedral to the Silk Mill, creating a unique and reflective way for the public to interact with the Poppies: Weeping Window installation.

Where the Poppies now Grow: Tots Make & Do - 9 June

Find out more about Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey’s beautiful picture book about friendship and war.

Paul Cummins in Conversations - 9 June

University of Derby, Auditorum 4, Markeaton Street Site, Derby, DE22 3BD

Paul Cummins MBE, artist and University of Derby graduate, will be talking to Professor John Coyne CBE. Paul’s artistic work includes the creation of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014 with designer Tom Piper.

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.

Marked for Death: Rolls-Royce - 15 June

Rolls-Royce Learning & Career Development Centre, Wilmore Road, Derby, DE24 9BD

Marked For Death is a homage to the famous aircraft of the First World War, as well as to the 50,000 young pilots who died flying them. James Hamilton-Paterson explains how the war produced profound changes both in the aircraft themselves and in military attitudes and strategy.

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.

Dave McKean: Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash - 17 June

Illustrator, comic artist, filmmaker and musician Dave McKean has worked with many authors on over 70 books, including Neil Gaiman, Heston Blumenthal, Richard Dawkins, David Almond, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and John Cale. He has written and directed three feature films; MirrorMask (with Gaiman), The Gospel of Us (with actor Michael Sheen, winner of 2 BAFTA Cymru awards) and Luna (winner of Raindance Best British Feature, BIFA awards).

Female Tommies: Women in Uniform in WWI - 19 June

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

2017 marks the centenary of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Force and the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

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.