The Bucks Military Museum Trust came to Marlow on Saturday 18 February with their Roadshow at the invitation of the Marlow Remembers WW1 Association. The day event was hosted by the Marlow Royal British Legion and comprised displays by the two principals plus the Centre for Bucks Studies from Aylesbury.
Some 30 people attended and were clearly delighted with the displays and the helpful stewards. Several visitors were anxious to learn about their earlier family members and the BMMT database proved to be very successful (see pictures). The Roadshow has previously toured the county and attracted interest wherever displayed.
Some recent events (2016):
Wethered Brewery in World War One
During the War, part of the local Wethered Brewery switched to producing munitions for the Army on the Western Front. The archives of the Brewery are held in store in Aylesbury and we are currently working our way through them to find out what they tell us about this fascinating part of the brewery and town’s history. We shared the results of our research at two key events in the autumn.
Firstly, the Brewery was one of the chosen sites for last year’s annual Heritage Open Day. On Sunday 11 September, people were able to have guided talks of the Brewery site to explain its history and the buildings. As part of the day, we held an exhibition specifically about the Brewery during World War One. We also be unveiled an information board and a plaque to commemorate the Brewery employees who served and died during the War.
On Monday 17 October, we gave a talk on the results of our research into the Brewery during the First World War. This was at 7.30pm at Liston Hall, Chapel Street and formed part of the Marlow Society Local History Group’s ongoing programme of local history talks.
11 September – Heritage Open Day at the Brewery, including an exhibition on its role in World War One
17 October – Talk to the Marlow Society Local History Group on the Brewery in World War One, 7.30pm Liston Hall
Concert to commemorate Frederick Septimus Kelly
Frederick Septimus Kelly lived in Bisham before the War and enlisted shortly after the
conflict broke out. He served in Gallipoli and then on the Western Front where he was killed in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme.
Kelly was a celebrated oarsman who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1908 and then rowed regularly on the Thames when he moved to Bisham. He is commemorated on the memorial in Marlow Rowing Club.
He was also a composer whose music has gained increasing recognition over the last few years. His Elegy for String Orchestra, written at Gallipoli in memory of his friend the poet Rupert Brooke, was performed at the BBC Proms in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the start of the War.
To celebrate the life of this highly talented local man, we joined up with the local musical ensemble, Chiltern Camerata to hold a concert in memory of Kelly. This was held on the 100th anniversary of his death on 12 November at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Marlow. The programme consisted of music by Kelly and some of his contemporaries, as well as readings from his diary. Tickets went on sale over the summer and many joined us for this unique commemoration of Marlow’s finest composer.
12 November – Frederick Septimus Kelly Commemorative Concert, 7.30pm All Saints Church, Marlow.
Remembering the Battle of the Somme 1-2 July 2016
On Friday 1 July, we arranged for an audience of 70 people to watch the original film of The Battle of the Somme that was first shown in cinemas across the country in the summer of 1916. We followed the showing with a short and moving commemorative ceremony held on The Causeway. On Saturday 2 July, we arranged an exhibition on The Causeway on the Battle of the Somme and the Marlow men who fought there. Over 200 people visited the exhibition, including a number of local people who had relatives who had fought and died in the conflict. Both during and after the event, we helped a number of local people find out more about their relatives involved in the battle. The exhibition was also visited by many people from outside the town, including a busload of Hungarian schoolchildren who happened in Marlow that day!
Friday 18 July 2014 – The Western Front – Poster
A talk in Marlow by the leading World War historian, Professor Gary Sheffield.
Saturday 13 September 2014 – Heritage Open Day
We supported the annual open day organised by the Marlow Society, focusing on the World War One stories linked to St Peter Street.
Thursday 18 September 2014 – World War One Training Trenches
This talk was organised jointly with Archaeology in Marlow and focused on the training trenches built during World War One in Marlow and Berkhamsted.
Saturday 20 September 2014 – Marlow Carnival
We shared the results of some of our early research work as part of Marlow’s annual carnival.
Sunday 9 November 2014 – Borlase Remembers (also see this link)
We organised an exhibition on the impact of the War on Marlow as part of a programme of activities arranged by teachers and pupils at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, devised to commemorate the War and the school’s role in it.
Tuesday 17 February 2015 – Memories of Marlow – Poster
We organised this event jointly with the Marlow Society to share the recordings made in the 1980s of local people’s memories of the War. The evening also included an exhibition of photos of Marlow during the war.
Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 – Commemoration of Leonard Roberts
A service was held at the grave of a young soldier who lost his life in the war and who was the first serviceman to be buried in a Marlow cemetery.
Friday 24 April 2015 – Marlow remembers Gallipoli
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign landings, we published the attached article in the Bucks Free Press highlighting the stories of some of the 17 men and boys from Marlow and the surrounding area who died there
Thursday 7 May 2015 – Lusitania Commemoration
The Marlow Society and the Marlow Remembers World War One Association jointly organised a ceremony to mark the exact 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner Lusitania by a German submarine on 7th May 1915.
Sunday 12 July 2015 – The Trenches Heritage Day
Run in partnership with Marlow Remembers World War 1, the free family-friendly event featured hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions including: a Sergeant Major’s drill and children’s assault course; guided walks, talks and displays on the history of the trenches; a remembrance service at 11am; local cadet groups in uniform undertaking military tasks. Click here to see the original flyer (please note, these are large files and may take a while to load).
Saturday 12 September 2015 – Heritage Open Day
we supported Heritage Open Day with exhibitions on the War at Marlow Rowing Club and Bisham Church.
Sunday 8 November – National Remembrance Day
Monday 16 November at 7.30pm – A talk on “Reluctant Recruits: Conscription in Marlow during World War One“
Using evidence from newspaper reports and local records of the time, Andy Ford explored the work of the Marlow Military Tribunal set up to hear appeals by men against being conscripted, explaining why and how the men appealed and then what happened to them.
Saturday 28 November, 10am – 4pm – War Memorial Survey Workshop
Organised by the War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and supported by local history groups across South Bucks, this workshop was one of many across the country to train up volunteers to undertake condition surveys of the nation’s war memorials. The workshop was then reported in the Bucks Free Press.