Living History Displays and Activities

Military Encampment (Allenbourn School)

The playing field of Allenbourn School will be transported back to the WW1 period, with a living history display and arena events, plus crafts and interactive activities for children, of all ages!

WW1 Bi-Plane (The Square)

Meet no 1264, the only airworthy Bristol Scout WW1 bi-plane in the world.  In pride of place on the Square she is certainly sure to catch everyone’s eye.  The Square will be full of colour, with the regular Farmer’s Market from 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Suffragette Rallies on Sunday!

Trench Warfare Exhibiton (Allendale Centre)

Find out about life for those in the trenches, view the mobile trench display and meet the soldier who will tell you about the harsh conditions.  This display is accompanied by an exhibition of WW1 artefacts and there will be two artists in residence; one a war painter who will be working on a special History Festival commission “Boredom in the Trenches”.  The second, a 3D modelling artists, will be calling on visitors to help create a lifesize Soldier of Remembrance, to go on display after the Festival.

Home Front (Minster Green & Priest’s House Museum)

Get a flavour of what was happening on the home front with a Rationing Display at the Priest’s House Museum and Liquorice making on the Minster Green.

There is family fun with WW1 themed Punch and Judy on the Minster Green (Saturday only) and Edwardian Garden Games and Storytelling in the beautiful Museum garden.

Keep an eye out for the WW1 nurses as they move around the town – perhaps they are looking for soldiers who need treating?

Meet the Suffragettes, you might need to help them keep an eye out for the period policeman!  On Sunday you can make a sash or banner and join in with the march.