Rotherham remembers the SommePublished Tuesday, 21st June 2016
Rotherham Council’s Heritage Services will hold a series of events and exhibitions throughout June and July to mark the centenary of the battle of the Somme.
The Somme was one of the deadliest battles of the First World War and many local soldiers from the York and Lancaster Regiment lost their lives during the campaign. To commemorate this, a programme of talks, exhibitions, guided tours, archives sessions and film showings has been put together by staff at Clifton Park Museum and Rotherham Archives.
There are also free screenings of the iconic 'Battle of the Somme' documentary film on Monday 25 and Wednesday 27 July, 1pm to 2.30pm both days. Please contact the museum for more information and to book your place.
The museum is also hosting two free exhibitions this summer. The York and Lancaster Regimental galleries host an exhibition about Captain Simpson MC and the Somme. There will also be an exhibition of Somme-related material on display in the Archives and Local Studies search-room.
The final event in the programme is 'March back in time – training for the Somme'. This is a free outdoor event set in the park and museum on Sunday 31 July, 11am to 4pm. There's fun for all the family, with traditional sports, mock training activities, children's crafts, table top battle games, music from the Band of the King's Division, displays and a range of stalls.
Cllr Taiba Yasseen, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Working and Cultural Services said: "The Somme was a devastating battle, but one that proved crucial in the outcome of the First World War.
"The York and Lancaster Regiment was heavily involved in the battle, and these centenary events let us all remember and reflect on the price they paid to protect our freedoms. The museum has a wealth of knowledge and materials about this part of history, and I hope these events will be packed out with people from Rotherham and beyond looking to learn more."