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Art and film capture First World War stories

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


A poignant art exhibition which commemorates the Centenary of World War One will be on display at Preston Park Museum from today.

Battlefields of the First World War is a series of drawings and paintings by landscape artist, Robert Perry. They will be displayed in a temporary exhibition at Preston Park Museum from today (Tuesday 22 July).

Robert works exclusively on location and travelled in a mobile studio to produce his work on site at the former battlefields of the First World War.

The large paintings illustrate the devastation of the wartime landscape through his renowned inventive and experimental painting techniques. The paintings will be on display until 16 November.

Young people across Stockton Borough have also been getting ready to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

Stockton Council’s Youth Direction service has been working with the Borough’s young people on the Young Roots Project. The commemorative project has seen a group of 13 to 25-year-olds research the contribution and sacrifices made by the people of Stockton during the First World War.

They have been working with the team to explore the events of World War One and produce a film about the war, with professional actors playing the roles of local people including former Mayor of Thornaby, Colonel Spence. Colonel Spence was also leader of the 5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who bequeathed his collection of weapons and personal items such as paintings and press cuttings to Stockton.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: “It is so important that we remember the sacrifice many people made during the war, not only the serving men and women but the families they left behind. The exhibition and film are a creative way of marking the Centenary and one of many events set to continue across the Borough in the run up to the start of the 100th anniversary in August.”

The film also tells the moving stories of Mrs Cummins, a local woman who lost her three sons in the war and Mrs Mary-Jane Clinton, the first female porter at Stockton Station during the First World War.

The Youth Direction service secured £34,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to lead the year-long project.

The exhibitions are free with standard museum entry fees. Museum entry costs are just £2.50 for adults, £1.50 for children and concessions or £5 for a family ticket.

For more information visit www.prestonparkmuseum.co.uk 

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