Museum involved in Chocolate Soldiers project
The participatory heritage project involves working with the two theatre companies and local young people to create a new play exploring the experiences of World War I recruits from Birmingham. The live performance will be on the site of the old drill hall in Thorp Street.
First of all the boys had an initial Inspiration session, where they looked at soldiers' letters home and discussed their personal responses.
This was followed by a day at the Museum learning more about the feelings of soldiers, daily life on active service, looked at primary sources, visited the museum and tried on uniforms.
Then on Saturday 14th December they will be collecting memories of the War from the general public.
The research will focus on stories of relatives who joined the Birmingham-based battalions of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
The participants will use their research to retell the experiences of WWI recruits in the live performances. They will also contribute to a temporary exhibition at the RRF museum and a digital project archive.
Can you help? Was a member of your family recruited from Birmingham?
Do you have stories that have been passed down through your family, or photos from the period?
Share your memories at the PWC room, Birmingham Hippodrome anytime between 2-5pm.
For more information please contact 0121 4497117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org