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WW1 Centenary marked by Aylesbury schools

| November 27, 2014

Pupils from Buckingham Primary, Halton Combined, Cottesloe School, Grange School, Royal Latin School and Akeley Wood School have created a film, magazine and exhibition to mark the centenary of The Great War.

A mobile exhibition displaying the film, the magazine and a variety of on-line resources will open to the public on Saturday 29th November 2014. It will enable people to view the students’ work at various venues in the district.

The project has given children an opportunity to explore the impact of World War I on the local area and individuals. The children have also gained hands-on experience in media production and design skills.

Some of the children have been on visits to war graves, including Ypres and Arras, and have filmed their experiences. This footage, along with interviews with local residents who have strong connections to World War I, will be used in the commemorative film.

The project is being run by Aylesbury Vale District Council in collaboration with Community Impact Bucks and Maybe Magazine CIC and is funded through a grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Councillor Pam Pearce, Cabinet Member for Community Matters at AVDC, said: ‘I’d urge as many people as possible to see this wonderful exhibition. The work of the school children helps us understand the impact World War I had on the men and boys that fought for their families and communities back home and their country.

The poignant film the children have created really brings history to life and a tear to the eye. It is great to see local schools using history to promote creative learning. Well done everyone.

The exhibition, which includes the film, will open to the public on Saturday 29th November 2014 at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre. It will then move to different locations, including the AVDC offices at the Gateway on Monday 1st December 2014 and Buckingham Old Gaol on Saturday 14th February 2015.

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