March 5th, 2018

Do you have a story to write in this special book?

All Saints Church Youlgreave has been invited by The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres Belgium to host this especially commissioned book.

Many stories have been collected for local archives, but now this is an opportunity to have these memories in the Ypres Archive and Museum, for the rest of time.

The book called ‘Assembly’, contains over 174,000 names of those from the UK and Ireland who lost their lives in Belgium in World War 1.

Members of the public may find a name they recognise in the book and can then write a story on the opposite page. However, the Youlgreave 1914-1918 Community Group would be pleased to receive all stories connected to World War 1, and invite you to contribute to this great archive. You can write your story at home and bring it to the Church and they will add it to the book for you. As well as stories, photocopies of photographs and letters can be placed in the book.

Along with the book are 5 chairs from St Audomarus Church, Passchendaele, each representing a year of the war and showing in lead numbers the casualties for each one.

Having travelled for 4 years, visiting over 20 significant sites such as Durham, Glasgow and Dublin, in 2018 the book and chairs will be returned to Belgium, the chairs to the church and the book to the museum, where it will go on display with their digital archive.

This assembly of stories from different sources, including local regiments, relatives and communities, will tell a united story of loss and tragedy.

The work is the concept of Derbyshire artist Val Carman who was the first artist in residence at The In Flanders Fields Museum in 1999, and who also worked on a commemorative residency in Passchendaele.

‘Assembly’ will be at Youlgreave Church from March 17–March 18 2018, so please use this unique opportunity to add your story.

For further information about the project contact Val Carman: