Words on War

Richmond Cultural Education Partnership’s Words on War project was our contribution to the centenary anniversary commemorations marking the start of the First World War in 1914. 

Nationally, events are being led by the Imperial War Museum .  Here in North Yorkshire, we have worked closely with three schools to create our own lasting legacy.

Between February and June, Boroughbridge High School, Hackforth and Hornby, and Barton Church of England Primary Schools worked with freelance arts specialists on the initiative to use historic museum objects, songs and writing to inspire new creative work.

Brand new material, including songs, music and poetry relating to the First World War have been created to mark the anniversary.

The Words on War project involved five half-day outreach sessions, leading to a full day at the Georgian Theatre Royal at the end of June, which included further learning, and a performance by everyone who took part.  Local pupils from St Mary’s Roman Catholic and RichmondChurch of England primary schools were invited to the show.

You can watch our short film, accompanied by the new song, to find out more about the Words on War project.

Art created during the project will feature in an exhibition at The Station in November.

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