York Remembers 100 - city wide centenary commemorations

Charlie Ward




Fantastic opportunity for York students to experience an immersive sound installation as part of York Remembers 100 centenary commemorations

We are hugely excited to be hosting Charlie Ward at the museum.  Co-commissioned by Fuel Theatre and 14-18NOW to mark the centenary of the First World War, this intimate, immersive and immensely powerful sound installation places audiences in the heart of a makeshift wartime hospital, where an unlikely therapy brings solace and comfort to those injured on the battlefield.

C Ward 1914. In a makeshift hospital, behind the front line, the war’s first casualties are treated. To boost morale, medical staff arrange for a Chaplin film to be shown for the bedridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen.

For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s perfect comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches into childhood, from trauma to dreams, the hospital film show sets him on a journey into a personal no man’s land.

This immersive sound installation for a small audience lasts approximately 15 minutes and includes some periods of total darkness.  It is suitable for ages 12+.

We are able to offer free admission to school groups on weekdays Tuesday 25 September – Friday 5 October complimented by the chance to view archives and handle museum objects.  Contact the museum for bookings and further details: 01904 461016.

Unable to bring a class out during the school day? Several York schools have teacher training days in September and October – if students want to visit us on one of those days we will admit them free of charge – but pre-booking is essential.

Home school? Get in touch to book free admission on week days.

View a series of short videos with co-director, Dan Jones discussing WW1, Charlie Chaplin, and Sound Design  Charlie Ward series

Find out more about this immersive installation with the Run Riot interview with Mark Espiner, co-founder of Sound&Fury   Run Riot interview

York Remembers Poetry Competition

York Remembers Poetry Competition
We are excited to be hosting the York Remembers poetry competition, as part of the centenary commemorations of the ending of the First World War.
The poetry competition is open to children and young people aged 7-18.  Poems created around the subject of Remembrance and/or the Great War can be submitted.
Details of the categories and how to submit poems are below:
Children’s Competition
The children’s competition is for a piece of original poetry on the theme of WW1/Remembrance of no more than 28 lines [not including the title].
The age categories are for KS2 [ages 7-10 inclusive]
Category 1:  Years 3-4
Category 2: Years 5-6
Young People’s Competition
The young people’s competition is for a piece of original poetry on the theme of WW1/Remembrance of no more than 40 lines [not including the title]
The age range is 11 -18 year olds in the following categores
Category 1:  young people in Years 7, 8 & 9
Category 2: young people in Years 10 & 11
Category 3: young people in Years 12 & 13
Poems should be sent to the York Army Museum by 12 noon on Friday 28 September.  Along with the poem, we need the writer’s name, age, school if applicable, and either school or parental contact details, so we are able to notify the winners.
We’re delighted to welcome York poet, Doreen Gurrey as judge. The winners will announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October at Explore Acomb Library
Winners in each category will received a book token and certificate, runners up will receive books and a certificate
There will be a reading of the poems on a date to be confirmed in November at the York Army Museum where the winners will be presented with their prizes.
The competition is open to all those between the ages of 7 and 18. We are happy for schools to send us poems or for young writers to submit them as individuals.  York Libraries have kindly offered to scan poems and email them to us if necessary. Poems may be handed in at the museum reception desk, posted to York Army Museum, 3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB, or poems may be emailed to yorkrememberspoetry@gmail.com
If any children and young people want to come and look around the museum for inspiration for their poetry we will give them and 1 accompanying adult free admission, if they let us know they are entering the poetry competition when they arrive at the reception desk.