1914 – 2014 – Remembering the First World War

On Saturday 8 November, Great St Mary’s will host a community heritage event and theatrical production by Theatre Matters.


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The production will be presented in two halves:

Heritage: Step back in time to the First World War – Doors Open at 6.30

  • Engage with Cambridge life during the First World War as illustrated through talks and displays focusing on the men commemorated on the war memorial of Great St Mary’s.
  • Collect a free programme which will include a new leaflet about local life during the Great War.
  • Write a message or name of someone you’d like to remember on the memory line.
  • See artefacts and European flags of the period, sample delicious baking and discover more about the city’s wartime history and the stories of the men who fought, and the families they left behind.
  • Uncover the forgotten past of the University Library by viewing a short film about the First Eastern General Hospital.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Theatre: ‘They’ll Never Believe Me’ – Curtain Up at 7.30

This new script weaves together the evocative poetry and uplifting songs of the period to tell the story of the First World War as seen through the eyes of those who lived through that time.

This dramatic interpretation is presented by actors who bring to life the experiences and represent the men who fought and the women who endured at home, and whose lives were changed irrevocably as a result.

During this centenary anniversary we invite the audience to join us on this emotional journey to remember and commemorate our families and ancestors who sacrificed much so that our lives could be lived.

Supported by Shakespeare at the George Trust

Tickets cost £8.50, with profits donated to the British Legion. They can be purchased at www.theatrematters.org.

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The heritage portion of the evening will be based on research by Simon Cross, a member of the Great St Mary’s congregation who has been researching and retelling the stories of the fallen. Simon’s blog follows the men of Great St Mary’s day by day through the war.

Simon will be offering free walking tours of Cambridge before the evening performance, with places available on a 10.30-12.30 walk or a slightly shorter walk from 2.00-3.30 in the afternoon. The walks are part of Curating Cambridge, and will explore Cambridge sites associated with the First World War. There is no charge for the walking tours, but please book in advance by emailing heritage@gsm.cam.ac.uk

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