University of Gloucestershire students presented their work at this year’s Cotswold Centre for History & Heritage exhibition. The exhibition focuses on a range of local history topics including four panels about Cheltenham during the First World War.
Next time you are passing North Place car park look out for the finished street art mural featuring Gustav Holst. The ‘exhibition’ is arranged by the Holst Birthplace Museum as part of their WW1 programme.
The installation includes letterpress posters created by Pittville School and the general public in response to The Balkan News (a WW1 era publication that Holst is likely to have read whilst in Salonika). The display also features a special portrait commission of Holst by Andy ‘Dice’ Davies, Street Artist and Director of the Cheltenham Paint Festival.
To read more about it visit http://holstmuseum.org.uk/exhibition-the-balkan-news-and-holst-street-art-style/
Stunning animation to be projected onto the Municipal building 11 November, 5pm
On Sunday November 11, as part of Cheltenham Remembers Remembrance Sunday commemoration events, a 10 to 15 minute high-impact film of WW1 imagery will be projected onto the Municipal Offices throughout the late afternoon and into the evening and will be accessible to everyone.
This week local residents and school pupils took part in letterpress workshops at the Univeristy of Gloucestershire, led by Andy Kinnear. Letterpress posters based on headlines found in ‘The Balkan News’ were created as part of the Holst Birthplace Museum’s WW1 programme. The posters will be on display in North Place car park from Wednesday 18th July.
A new WW1 exhibition at the Holst Birthplace Museum was opened by the Mayor of Cheltenham on Friday. The exhibition focuses on the time composer Gustav Holst spent travelling around Salonika and Constantinople with the Y.M.C.A. teaching music to soldiers in Greece and Turkey.
You can see original letters and diary entries written by Holst, experience a recreated Y.M.C.A. hut and see the piano at which he composed The Planet Suite during 1914-16. There are also slideshows and video footage which will bring to life the stories as you explore. Visit holstmuseum.org.uk for more information about their programme of centenary events.
Read this fascinating article about the contribution of local Cheltonian women during the First World War. Reproduced with kind permission of by Neela Mann (author of Cheltenham in the Great War) and the History Press.
How the well-organised women of Cheltenham contributed to the war effort
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” – Robert Laurence Binyon, 1914
11th November 1918 is a date that has gone down in history; marking the cessation of fighting and leading to the end of the First World War. The Armistice agreement was signed at Compiègne in Northern France, between the Allied forces and Germany. When the fighting was over many British troops began to be bought home to be reunited with their loved ones. The walk home from Cheltenham railway station marked the transition back into civilian life for many returning servicemen. For others it would be several months or even years before they were demobilised and allowed to return home.
In order to commemorate the lives lost during the 1914-1918 war, Cheltenham Town Council commissioned Messrs R L Boulton & Sons to create a memorial that would enable the people of Cheltenham to remember the bravery of the 1284 Cheltonian men that gave their lives for their country.
H.H. Martin was a Cheltenham based company that originally specialised in architectural decoration. During the First World War, the company developed; and in early 1918 the Gloucestershire aircraft company was formed. Thus beginning the thriving aviation industry in Cheltenham.
By April 1918, approximately 45 aircraft were being made in Cheltenham every week. Much of this productivity was due to the hard work of local women who were called upon to fill the gaps on the workforce.
An exhibition at the Holst Birthplace Museum exploring how Holst taught music to soldiers in Salonika and Constantinople during WW1.
Exhibition 10th July – 15th December 2018.