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Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Sunday 13 July: celebrate your family's WW1 mementos and memories

From Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November we are staging in Dunsden village hall a professionally curated exhibition about Wilfred Owen, Dunsden and the First World War.

The exhibition will celebrate the men from Dunsden who gave their lives in the war, as well as telling the story of Owen's connection with Dunsden. We will also be exhibiting local family mementos from the First World War.

Would you be prepared to loan something for the exhibition? You don't need to have a connection with Dunsden, and we promise to take very good care of anything you loan (or allow us to photograph) for the exhibition.

It could be anything from a tin helmet to a gas mask or a diary or photograph. What did the war mean to your family and how do you remember it today? Why not bring it along to our mementos and memories day on Sunday 13 July from 2 to 4.30pm? We may be able to give you some new information about whatever you bring.

We are also collecting recordings of people talking about their family's experiences of WW1, and would be delighted to meet you on the day.

Tea and cake will be available in the hall.

Full details are online at our main website  www.owenindunsden.org or www.facebook.com/dunsdenowen – please 'Like' this page. We are also on Twitter @OweninDunsden – please follow us.

 

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Reclaiming WW1 poetry: a 'No Glory' event

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A special night of poetry organised by No Glory to commemorate Conscientious Objectors’ Day on 15th May. Speakers include AL Kennedy, Blake Morrison, Michael Rosen, George Szirtes and Samuel West reading from both their own work and that of the war poets.

"Given the recent attacks on the war poets by the government-backed revisionist historians, it's important to reclaim their centrality to our memory of the first world war. We’re calling the event …cold stars lighting… taken from Wilfred Owen’s poem (I Saw His Round Mouth’s Crimson)

And in his eyes
The cold stars lighting, very old and bleak,
In different skies.

There’ll be music, too, from Matthew Crampton and Nette Robinson & the Lyric Ensemble.

Book tickets now.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Owen's communion

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We are delighted to have been presented today with a communion book which was given to Wilfred Owen by Canon WHF Robson, the famous evangelical preacher of Christ Church, Birkenhead. Robson's inscription suggests that he gave the book to Owen on February 6, 1910, when Owen was confirmed.
Owen's biographer Dominic Hibberd described Robson as perhaps the greatest influence on the young Owen outside his family. Our thanks to Robin Horne of Henley for this gift. Like his father before him, Robin was educated at Dunsden school.
Perhaps now we will discover exactly what became of Owen's service revolver. According to a local story, it was discovered in its holster with some live rounds by a group of local boy scouts when they called on Owen's parents to 'bob-a-job'.