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On 11th November, Remembrance Services will take place around the world to commemorate 100 years since the armistice that officially ended the First World War
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Today almost every one of us, regardless of our roots, are directly connected to the conflict in some way, and it remains as important as ever, not only to remember the sacrifices of those that were directly involved, but also to better understand them. Yorkshire, once again, promises to deliver – with a enviable line up of events and exhibitions in celebration of this remarkable centenary.

UNTIL 4 NOVEMBER
SEEDS OF HOPE

Harewood House 
0113 218 1010
www.harewood.org

In an innovative and unusual twist on the traditional exhibition experience, Seeds of Hope will celebrate the end of the First World War – and a time, in the estate’s history, of great optimism and change – by bringing the Harewood Estate back to life as it was in 1918, through the eyes of the gardeners who lived and worked there. Working in the same Walled Garden as their forebears, and opening The Bothy to the public for the first time in 100 years, the immersive Seeds of Hope exhibition invites visitors to step back in time to a post-war garden, complete with heritage fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as the traditional livestock you’d expect to find on land that had been repurposed during the wars years to encourage food production. Read our full feature about the exhibition at www.livingnorth.com 

10 NOVEMBER–1 FEBRUARY 
LEGACY: A PAINTERLY RESPONSE TO WW1

The Beverley Treasure House
01482 392790
www.museums.eastriding.gov.uk

As the First World War drew to a close, photographic artist Paul Clifford’s father returned to England from Egypt, where he had served in the East Riding Yeomanry. In a fitting tribute, not only to his own father but to all the Yorkshire servicemen and women who served during the Great War, Paul’s exhibition has grown from a selection of photographs he collected from the Desert Expeditionary Force, to include images sourced from a whole host of other contributors.

11 NOVEMBER
ARMISTICE PROMS

Riley-Smith Hall, Tadcaster 
01937 832289
www.rileysmithhall.org.uk

Originally built for the town as a ‘victory hall’ after the First World War, Riley-Smith Hall’s history is inextricable from that of the conflict and, especially, the armistice. This extra-special charity concert (all funds raised going back into the maintenance of the hall) is sure to send hearts soaring, with performances from the York Railway Institute Brass Band, the Riley-Smith Victory Choir and Just For Fun Children’s Theatre Group – led by compère for the evening, BBC Radio York’s Adam Tomlinson. 

UNTIL 22 DECEMBER
AFTERMATH: LIVING THROUGH THE PEACE

The Green Howards Museum, Richmond
01748 826561
www.greenhowards.org.uk

For every British and Empire soldier killed during the First World War, eight survived. What did they go home to? And what did society expect of them? Were their biggest battles still to come? Using the personal stories of Green Howards soldiers, these are the questions that this exhibition hopes to answer – exploring the pivotal post-war years to gain a better understanding of how soldiers in Yorkshire adapted to their new reality amid a continually-shifting political and social landscape. Having assumed its residency at the Green Howards Museum since March, Aftermath has been continually updated with contributions from the museum’s Ribbon of Remembrance community project throughout the year, which is dedicated to researching and collating images of men and women who served between 1914 and 1918, and whose relatives still live in the Richmondshire area today.

22 NOVEMBER 
THE SONGS OF WAR: WILL TODD AND GORECKI

Huddersfield Town Hall
01484 225755
www.tickets.kirklees.gov.uk

Former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes, returns to the helm of the Orchestra to present the world premiere of Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle, alongside Henry Górecki’s celebrated third symphony, in a special performance commemorating the First World War centenary. Renowned for their melodic intensity and harmonic invention, Will Todd’s best-known works include Mass in Blue, The Blackened Man and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and this commission is a micro-opera depicting the conflicting emotions of war through the words and poems of Maggie Gottlieb. Górecki’s third symphony – known as his ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’ – picks up the theme of loss and separation caused by conflict through three Polish texts. 

ONGOING
1914: WHEN THE WORLD CHANGED FOREVER

York Castle Museum
01904 687687
www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

The terror of war and its revolutionary impact on global life is explored in 1914: When The World Changed Forever. From the pre-war golden age of peace and prosperity, visitors are sent to the recruitment office and travel via train to the horrors of the frontline – from rats to foot rot, shell shock to gas warfare – while, back home, daily life in Britain was changing beyond recognition. New technology and research are combined with the museum’s extensive military, costume and social history collections to tell the fascinating and often moving stories of those Yorkshire locals who lived and died during the war. Having opened back in 2014 as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the ongoing popularity of this exhibition has confirmed its long-term residency at York Castle Museum, and it will continue to be open to visitors for the foreseeable future. 

Published in: November 2018

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