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Published on Jul 2, 2015
Children of The Great War – An Installation by Simon Puriņš and Ivan Riches
Throughout 2013-14, Age Exchange worked across London to record interviews with members of the London public. The focus was on how families were affected by the conflict then, and across subsequent generations. People shared immensely moving personal histories, passed down from within their family. Age Exchange worked in partnership with many fine organisations across London to carry out open days, recording 130 interviews, as well as digitalising 5300 personal letters, photographs and period artefacts, brought by interviewees to the activity. This unparalleled collection of Londoners' family First World War histories will rest with the international archive Europeana 1914-1918, for the learning of future generations. These personal stories of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts from across the Home Front, the battlefields, skies and the sea, inspired this installation as well as a new play.
Funded by: Age Exchange & Heritage Lottery Fund. And Support by: Imperial War Museum Centenary Partnership & Europeana 1914–1918
Archive film footage and Photography: Imperial War Museum, In Flanders Fields Museum, Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D) Archives
This artwork is not for public showings, exhibitions or events without prior permission. For further information contact Age Exchange: http://www.age-exchange.org.uk/