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Share Norfolk’s WW1 family stories at church exhibition 

St Peter Mancroft in Norwich is inviting members of the public to add their WW1 family stories to a memorial book as part of a five-year touring art installation commemorating casualties of the First World War.

The installation entitled ‘Assembly – Memorial Chairs, by Derbyshire artist Val Carman, will be on display in the church from 10am-3.30pm Monday to Saturday from 25 October – 23 November 2017.  This period is particularly poignant given that the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele is on 10 November 2017.

The installation consists of five chairs from Passchendaele’s St Audomarus Church – each representing the casualties of one year of the war 1914-1918, shown by small lead numbers on each chair.

The accompanying book includes names printed on the left hand side of the book, leaving blank pages on the right hand side for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story.  Any story or local references to WW1 can be added to the book – photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.

The Revd Canon Ian Bentley, interim vicar of St Peter Mancroft said:   “The simplicity of this exhibition is very moving and we are honoured to have the installation in Norfolk during the centenary of Passchendaele to act as a focus for remembrance season.  To mark the centenary of WW1 many parishes in Norfolk will have carried out research on the names on their war memorials.  I encourage you all to visit, look for names in the book that you recognise and make sure that Norfolk stories from WW1 are recorded in this lasting memorial.”

‘Assembly’ will visit 15 significant sites during its journey and in 2018 the book and the chairs will be returned to Ypres.  The chairs will be joined for one day by a grand ‘assembly’ with thousands of empty chairs from all over Belgium and abroad. The chairs will then be presented back to the church in Passchendale and the book to the ‘In Flanders Fields Museum’, where it will go on permanent display.

Visit the website to find out more about this touring installation 

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