One of the key aims of the Remembrance Image Project is to use photographs as a way of promoting understanding and discussion about the First World War, and debate on the role of remembrance itself. So over the last few weeks, one of the main pieces of activity has been to try to secure speaking slots with school and community groups.
I am pleased to say that there has been some early success here, with a number of groups showing an interest. One firm slot is in the diary already in the next few weeks, others are under discussion, and I even have an “audition” as a speaker for the Women’s Institute later in the year. My aim in each of these presentations will be to introduce the project, share some of the photographs I have taken and the stories behind them, and hopefully encourage people to create and share their own remembrance images.
So if you know any groups who might be interested – whatever the age profile, location or nature of the group – then please do put them in touch with me.
More widely, I am really grateful for the support of other organisations who have been helping me to reach out and talk about the project. These are too numerous to mention, but over the past month I am especially grateful to the Imperial War Museum, who featured a news item about the project on their 1914.org web page; and to London Historians and the Friends of the City Churches, who both included the project in their respective members’ newsletters.
Meantime, work continues apace on the next photography field trip to the southern part of the Western Front, focussing on the stretch from Reims down to the Swiss border…of which more to follow!