Saturday 27th September saw the launchof the First World War commemorative project “ Forget Never, Oublier Jamais, Vergessen Niemals” held at The Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park.
|MP Stephen Metcalfe and Robert Sheridan looking through the Roll of honour list|
|Our Edwardian lady welcomes visitors to the exhibition|
|A busy bustling exhibition|
|Visitors were invited to look through the roll of honour and write the name of a solider onto a cross to lay by our commemorative mosaic made by local pupils and local artist Lisa Smith|
|Our Edwardian volunteers|
|Visitors spent time designing their own medals in our art and craft area|
|"Read all about it" our paper boy made announcements throughout the day, of key facts that lead up to the outbreak of World War 1 t|
|Laindon Community Choir provided visitors with beautiful renditions of famous World War 1 tunes|
|Stephen Metcalfe chats with Matthew Edson, one of our young people that took part in our youth visit to Heiligenhaus|
|Trying on soldiers helmets|
|Meeting serving soliders|
|Local MP Stephen Metcalfe officially opens the exhibition|
|Local funeral directors Cribbs, provided the horses for the famous War Horse film, at the exhibition visitors enjoyed watching the Real War Horse documentary that Tells the true story of the million of British horses who served in WW1|
|Creative crafts and the opportunity to view propaganda postcards from around Europe|
|Calling everyone to attention!|
|Visitors viewing a short film that was produced by Pitsea Junior School on the history of Basildon during WW1|
|Matthew Edson reads his presentation regarding his experiences, thoughts and impact that the young peoples visit has had on his views regarding the education of young people on World War 1|
|Ken Porter showing St Martin's Church Reverend Esther Mcafferty and husband Peter around the exhibition|
|A father and son place a cross around the commemorative mosaic|
|Thomas all dressed ready for parade with a replica Enfield rifle|
|Tony Ball and Stephen Metcalfe discussing Basildons MP during World War 1, The Right Honourable Rupert Guinness 2nd Earl of Iveagh|
|Stunning glass work donated to Forget Never by Spellbound glass, featuring images of Louis Vallin, George Burnett and Albert Kiekert|
|Angie and Debbie from Spell Bound Glass|
Basildon Heritage have spent the last two years researching facts and information about local people who fell during the conflict one hundred years ago, which has been culminated into a Roll of Honour Book with the names of 342 soldiers. A copy of the Roll of Honour was presented to each parish during the remembrance services held on the 4th August.
A variety of local archive and historical groups attended the opening to showcase research and findings relating to their parishes history during World War 1.
The exhibition will be open daily 10am -4pm until the end of October 2014 before moving on to Meaux in France in December and then Heiligenhaus in Germany in February.
If you would like any further information regarding the exhibition please contact the project manager, Lisa Smith. No 1, The Laboratory, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH - Email: the_laboratory@ hotmail.co.uk or Phone: 07970 332097