Derby remembers

June 19th, 2017

Derby Remembers is a season of cultural events and activities designed to commemorate the First World War, on now until Sunday 23 July.

Drawing on archive letters, literature and artefacts, the programme will open up hidden histories and personal accounts of how the war impacted on the lives of the men, women and children of Derby, using film,poetry, story, music and performance.  There is also a free to download digital trail app, taking you across the city.  Also included in the many events is our very own Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War exhibition, held at the Derby Local Studies and Family History Library 16 June – 14 July. For more information see the Visit Derby website.

The season coincides with the display of  Poppies: Weeping Window, a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies, and was originally seen pouring from a high window to the ground below at the Tower of London as part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.  Now travelling across the country the display has reached Derby and is seen flowing from the tower of the Silk Mill Museum.  The display has special relevance for the county as it was  created by Derbyshire artist Paul Cummins.  If you want to travel to Derby to see this (and it is very much worth a look) all you have to do is follow the ‘poppy trail’ from the bus and train stations.