To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, PRONI will display an art installation entitled ‘Assembly - Memorial Chairs’ by Derbyshire Artist, Val Carman between May 30 and June 9.
The five chairs are from Passendaele St Audomarus Church and will be accompanied by a beautifully constructed register of c.173,000 names of those from the UK and Ireland who lost their lives during the First World War in Belgium. Each of the five chairs represents the casualties of one year of the war, 1914-18 (which is shown in small lead numbers on each of the chairs).
The accompanying book includes names printed on the left hand side of the book, leaving blank pages on the right hand side for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story. Any story or local reference about the First World War can be added to the book, and this special social history will then become part of the exhibits at In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres Belgium, when it returns there in 2018. Photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.
This exhibition is travelling the UK and Ireland until 2018 and this will be the only opportunity to view it in Northern Ireland. It has been organised in conjunction with Flanders Fields Musuem.
PRONI are encouraging interested groups, particularly local schools and community organisations to make contact to arrange a visit of the installation followed by a tour of PRONI. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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