The 11th Hour

We would like to commission an artist to develop a project that will engage with local military families based at Preston barracks. This project has been inspired by a painting in the Harris collection by artist Percy Day called The Eleventh Hour, the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month, 1919 seen on the left.

A full artist brief can be downloaded below:

Artists brief


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Roll of Honour Film

As part of the Preston Remembers project we have been working with the BFI to digitise the lost films of Preston film maker Will Onda. You can now see some of his powerful Roll of Honour films on the BFI player. The BFI tell us about the film:

“This film represents the 6th, 7th and 5th series (in that order) and was produced by local filmmaker Will Onda in Preston. Although the film appears simple – a rostrum shot compilation of still photographs – its effects are complex. The progression of individual images has a distressing immediacy. The photographs are largely studio portraits or shots in uniform with a few images of groups at the Front or in transit bases such as Cairo. Information is limited to the soldier’s name, rank and sometimes his regiment or special position – a chaplain, a bugler – and a statement if he was killed missing or wounded. There are the occasional brothers pictured together, and some battles are mentioned by name, including Ypres, Festubert and the Dardanelles.”

You can view the film here.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Day Out to London

On a beautiful sunny day in April, we took the Preston Remembers volunteers on a day trip to London to see the recently renovated Imperial War Museum. As well as getting a chance to look round the new galleries, especially those relating to the First World War, we also had a chance to speak to the team behind Lives of the First World War and the War Memorials Archive, a vital part of the work the volunteers are doing.

As some of our volunteers said,

“Exceedingly enjoyable. Good to meet our ‘bosses’ and mentors and what a wonderful place to visit.  Adds to the overall knowledge base and why we are doing it.”

“Amazed to find that there are only 2 paid staff responsible for updating “Lives” and learned a lot from the discussion.  A good opportunity also to get further acquainted with fellow volunteers”

“Many thanks for organising and supervising us on the trip to London – really enjoyed it!”

Volunteers are a really crucial part of Preston Remembers. We are looking to recruit more volunteers for new opportunities in the near future.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015