Four Long Years

Four Long Years

Four Long Years

Four Long YearsTo mark the Centenary of the First World War and increase public awareness of Gosport’s contribution to the war effort, Gosport Heritage Open Days were awarded a grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘First World War: Then and Now’ programme to create the project ‘Four Long Years 1914-1918’.

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Facilitated by Splodge Designs, a local creative arts company, this project enabled local people in Gosport to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through four long years of the First World War.

Timeline banners, a Great War styled newspaper, informative activity boards and a Picture of a map birdvariety of craftwork including ‘map birds’ were created to capture some of the war stories and local home front news from this time.

The exhibition was originally displayed in the Gosport Discovery Centre.  During Heritage Open Days, 7-10 Septemeber 2017, it will be at The Nimrod Community Centre in Rowner from 1000-1400 daily.   It will then tour various venues in Gosport and be available to be shown to groups, clubs, schools on request by contacting us by the contact form on the right of the page.

Below are the images of the resources produced and links to the aural content.

Pull up Banners

These banners take us through the time line of the great war showing events in relation to Gosport.

Roller Bannerr

roller banner

 

 

 

 

 

Activity Boards

These interactive boards, work by placing an activity pen on various areas to hear the narration, there are 48 recordings which you can hear here.

Activity Board click to go to page for recordings

Activity Board 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gosport Gazette

A four page newspaper with stories from the time…

Gosport GazetteGosprt Gazette page 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gosprt gazette p3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craftwork

The following are some images from the workshops

 

 

 

 

 

How the project unfolded

The ‘Four Long Years’ project was kicked off during Heritage Open Days in September 2016 by holding drop-in craft sessions at Fort Brockhurst. Paul & Clare from Splodge Designs outlined the ‘4 Long Years’ project to visitors and encouraged youngsters to make replicas of ‘fumsup’ mascots to take home. Read more about the ‘fumsup’ here

During January and February 2017 Splodge Designs  led the workshops which involved research, learning and making. Participants collected photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.  Plus each group visited a local historical site/museum and had a local expert/historian talk.

A huge thank you to the participating community groups:

Four Long Years

Learning about Gosport 1914-1918

Four Long Years

Learning about the great war

Expert

Demonstration from an expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Four Long Years 1914-1918’ exhibition was launched on 8th June with a preview at The Gosport Discovery Centre for the workshop participants and speakers. It is now open for public viewing.

 

You can also view our previous WWI project, ‘Remembering the Unforgettable’, here

 
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