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Scarborough Remembers - Centenary Commemoration WW1

Scarborough Remembers - World War 1 Commemorations

 

Centenary Commemorations of World War 1 in the Borough of Scarborough

 

On December 16th 1914, German warships fired hundreds of shells on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool; an offensive which became known as 'The Bombardment'. Hundreds died, many were injured, and buildings and homes were destroyed. This attack caused great public outcry and 'Remember Scarborough' became the slogan for an impassioned recruitment drive. A hundred years on, organisations in Scarborough and across the region are holding a series of projects and events to commemorate the centenary of 'The Bombardment'.

 

The aim of this webpage is to signpost both visitors and residents to the events taking place across the Borough of Scarborough as part of the 'Scarborough Remembers' programme.

 

 

Scarborough Remembers Commemorative Events

 

Remember Scarborough - Wykeham Street PosterWorld War 1 Scarborough Bombardment Exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery

26th July 2014 - January 2015

 

Scarborough Museums Trust will be holding a temporary exhibition in 2014 at the Scarborough Art Gallery, commemorating the bombardment of Scarborough in 1914 and the impact of the First World War.

 

The exhibition tells the story of the Bombardment of Scarborough and its aftermath. Events and activities, including family fun days, conferences and town trails will accompany the exhibition which will run until January 2015.

 

SMT are also supporting and working with a range of other community and education groups across the region and are encouraging the public to get involved by sharing their stories and memorabilia.

 

For anyone interested in getting involved, please contact the 'Remember Scarborough' project officer, Esther Graham.

 

Tel: 01723 384 515

Email: esther.graham@smtrust.uk.com

 

Discover more about the World War 1 Exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery

 

 

'1914' Exhibition at Whitby Museum

1st July - Christmas 2014

An exhibition about Whitby in the Great War including the bombardment of Whitby by German warships in December 1914. 

 

The exhibition includes the Bombardment of Whitby. There will also be sections on the loss of 'HMS Hogue', 'HMHS Rohilla', and the enthusiasm with which the town answered Kitchener's call to enlist. The exhibition draws heavily on the Whitby Gazette's reporting at the time and will include many items lent by Whitby people today.

 

Discover more about Whitby Museum's '1914' Exhibition

 

 

'Remember Scarborough' Exhibition at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre present their 'Remember Scarborough' exhibition, depicting the story of the bombardment through a six panel pop-up exhibition which has toured Leeds, Satlburn, Filey and Scarborough.

 

The display will continue to be available throughout the year, free of charge, to community groups, schools and charities. Please call 01723 369361 or email scarboroughmaritime@yahoo.com. Alternatively, visit the website at: scarboroughsmaritimeheritage.org.uk

 

The Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre is a volunteer run heritage centre and a registered charity that works closely with the community in Scarborough to educate the public about the town's history.

 

Many of the older residents and fishermen remember their grandparents talking about the bombardment and quite a few have mementos, shell fragments, postcards etc commemorating the event.

 

During 2013, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre embarked on creating a special centenary section for their website with videos, text and photographs to remember this crucial period of our history.

 

View Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre's special centenary website

 

 

 

Bombardment of Queen Margaret's School Talk at Scarborough Art Gallery

31st October

Cynthia Batten from Queen Margaret's School reminisces about the shelling of the school and its most famous pupil, Winifred Holtby. The talk will begin at 12:30pm.

 

Discover more about the 'The Bombardment of Queen Margaret's School Talk' at scarboroughmuseumstrust.com

 

Stormbound: The Story of the RohillaStormbound: The Story of the Rohilla Disaster at St. Hilda's Church, West Cliff, Whitby

1st November

As part of the Rohilla Centenary Commemorations Weekend, discover 'Stormbound: The Story of the Rohilla Disaster' at St. Hilda's Church, West Cliff, Whitby on Saturday 1st November from 7pm. Written and produced by Richard Grainger, featuring Chris Parkinson and Monkeys Fist plus young musicians and actors from Caedmon College and Eskdale School.

 

Tickets (£5) are available from the Whitby Lifeboat Museum and the Lifeboat Station. Alternatively, buy your tickets online at whitbyseafest.co.uk or call 01947 459044. All proceeds go to the RNLI.

 

 

Aligori Productions present 'Lest we Forget' at Woodend Creative, Scarborough

6th November

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Woodend Creative will be showcasing a selection of poetry, prose and personal memories of conflicts from across the world. Nostalgic, ironic, humorous and tragic memories of how real people, as well as established poets, dealt with and recorded human conflict.

 

Admission to this event is £5 with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes. The event will take place at Woodend Creative from 8pm, Thursday 6th November.

 

Discover more about 'Lest we Forget' at woodendcreative.co.uk

 

 

'Rohilla' by Graham Sanderson - Multiple Venues

8th November - James Cook Theatre, Whitby Coliseum Centre, WhitbyRohilla - Graham Sanderson

16th November - The McCarthy, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

21st & 22nd November - Friargate Theatre, York

 

With specially commissioned music and innovative direction, designed to create a web of interaction between fact and fiction, York Settlement Community Players present the world premiere of Graham Sanderson’s play, Rohilla, inspired by the true events of one of the greatest rescue attempts in the history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

 

Tickets:

James Cook Theatre, Whitby Coliseum Centre, Whitby

8th November 2014 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions); All Matinee Tickets £8

01947 825000 (info@whitbycoliseum.com)

 

The McCarthy, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

16th November at 3pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 Concessions)

01723 370541 or visit www.sjt.uk.com

 

Friargate Theatre, York

21st November at 7:30pm

22nd November - 2pm Matinee

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions); All Matinee Tickets £8

01904 613000 (www.ridinglights.org)

 

Discover more about Graham Sanderson's 'Rohilla' at http://www.yorksettlementplayers.wordpress.com

 

 

'Bombardment of Scarborough' at Woodend Creative, Scarborough

10th November - 18th December

Bombardment of Scarborough is a collaborative project between Woodend and local artist Tim Knight. Woodend Creative will be displaying a series of stunning new paintings that chronicle that fateful day. Tim has undertaken some extensive research and has meticulously re-established that fateful timeline. This is documented through paintings, artefacts and a community project. The large canvases that Tim has created are filled with drama and included images of the menacing German cruisers, the peaceful Italian Gardens prior to the onslaught also the dramatic flight as local residents try and flee the town. The exhibition will also be accompanied by a compelling narrative and will also try and stimulate memories and recollection from relatives of those who witnessed this tragic event.

 

Discover more about the 'Bombardment of Scarborough' at woodendcreative.co.uk

 

 

'The Songs Our Soldiers Sang' at Scarborough Art Gallery

14th November

Enjoy a memorable evening musical revue of songs and poetry the serving soldiers sang in the trenches of World War One. From 7:30pm at Scarborough Art Gallery.

 

Discover more about the 'The Songs Our Soldiers Sang' at scarboroughmuseumstrust.com

 

 

History Wardrobe at Scarborough Art Gallery

14th November

Another in a series of evening talks at Scarborough Art Gallery, join author and costume historian Lucy Adlington for an inspiring insight into the lives of and aspirations of women in the First World War, as revealed through their clothes. From 7:30pm at Scarborough Art Gallery. Tickets £6.

 

Discover more about the History Wardrobe Evening Talk at Scarborough Art Gallery at scarboroughmuseumstrust.com

 

 

Dean Road Cemetery & World War One - Luncthime Talk at Scarborough Art Gallery

14th November

Jan Cleary reveals the stories behind the war graves and the work at Dean Road Cemetery. Talk from 12:30pm.

 

Discover more about the Dean Road Cemetery & World War One Lunchtime Talk at scarboroughmuseumstrust.com

 

 

Remember Scarborough - The 1914 Bombardment of Scarborough

20th November

Beach Hut Theatre Company commemorates the 1914 Bombardment of Scarborough with a new production. Written by composer John Pattison, this performance tells the story of the bombardment and gives an insight into what was going on in Scarborough 100 years ago.

 

The music is performed live by the composer using a specially created orchestral keyboard rig alongside more conventional instruments and some stunning visuals created for the event by video artist Liam Watt Pattison. Beach Hut Theatre Company Artistic Director Alison Watt is dramaturg.

 

A talented cast of four, Will Duffield, Georgie Samuels, Harry Bullen and Maisie Atkinson use a combination of song, characterisation and narration to tell this remarkable story. This is a unique opportunity to see this fantastic production in The Gallery at Woodend.

 

There will also be an opportunity to see the exhibition by artist Tim Knight, which explores the impact of the Bombardment on the town. This exhibition runs from the 10th November to the 18th December.

 

Performed in The Gallery at Woodend, tickets are priced at £5, available from Woodend T: 01723 384500; E: info@woodendcreative.co.uk and on the door.

 

Discover more about 'The 1914 Bombardment of Scarborough' at Woodend Creative Gallery at www.beachuttheatre.co.uk

 

 

World War One Poets at Scarborough Art Gallery

12th December

Join university lecturer Charles Mundye for his lunchtime talk at Scarborough Art Gallery as he discusses the WW1 poets and their work. Talk begins at 12:30pm.

 

Discover more about the World War One Poets Lunchtime Talk at Scarborough Art Gallery at scarboroughmuseumstrust.com

 

 

Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society Evening Lecture

15th December

 

Keith Johnston will speak on Scarborough in 1914 and the bombardment on the eve of the 100th anniversary at Scarborough Library (from 7:30pm)

 

View the NYCC Libraries events website

 

 

Commemorative Service in Scarborough

16th December

 

More information coming soon...

 

 

'Thunder in the Morning' at Scarborough Library

16th December

 

Local author Lynne Reed talks about her book 'Thunder in the Morning', inspired by the Scarborough bombardment. Talk starts at 2pm. Free of charge.

 

View the NYCC Libraries events website

 

 

Commemorative Service at Whitby War Memorial

16th December

 

More information coming soon...

 

 

Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society Evening Lecture

15th December

Keith Johnston will speak on the impact of the bombardment – locally, nationally and internationally at Scarborough Library (from 7:30pm)

 

The society’s 2014-2015 programme will also include at least one other lecture on the First World War.

 

View the NYCC Libraries events website

 

 


 

Previous commemorative events

 

June 2014

World War 1 Local Heritage Events at various North Yorkshire Libraries

North Yorkshire Libraries presented a series of travelling displays commemorating with a collection of materials, including photos, journals, books and documents relating to the bombardment of Whitby and Scarborough by German warships in Dec 1914.

 

The libraries are also held a number marking the commemoration throughout the year with ‘Trace your First World war ancestors’  taster sessions, a series of talks on various aspects of the war, an extensive booklist, themed displays on many related subjects from pre-wars days to conscientious objection; walls of remembrance, memory gathering events; knit and natter sessions and a pop-up museum or two.

 

For further information regarding the local heritage events taking place at libraried across North Yorkshire, visit northyorks.gov.uk/firstworldwar

 

Scarborough Spa Orchestra World War 1 Concert

As part of the town's commemorative events, Scarborough Spa Orchestra staged a special concert on Thursday 26 June with a programme made up of music written between 1914 and 1918 along with readings of some of the more famous WW1 poems complete with supporting imagery projected onto a large screen behind the Orchestra. The orchestra were also joined on stage with international soprano Maria Bovino and well known local baritone John Mitchell, with the evening concluding with a Ceremony of Remembrance and poppy drop.

 

Scarborough Armed Forces Day

Another spectacular tribute to those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces took place on Saturday 28 June with Scarborough's annual Scarborough Armed Forces Day event. This year the crowds were treated to an aerial display from the XH558 Vulcan Bomber and the RAF Tucano, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an RNLI and RAF Sea King helicopter demonstration, along with a Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade and lots of displays, exhibitions and activities for all the family to enjoy. Find out more about last year's Scarborough Armed Forces Day and the preparations underway for the 2015 event here.

 

Last Night of the Proms Concert (Scarborough Armed Forces Day)

In conjunction with Scarborough Armed Forces Day 2014, Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays presented the Best of British in a spectacular Armed Forces Day Last Night of the Proms concert live at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Arrangements were made so that everyone who purchased tickets for the concert were able to make a voluntary donation to the national Armed Forces charity SSAFA.

 

July 2014

Hope in the Great War: Pannett Art Gallery

The long awaited exhibition of all 6 towns' depictions of daring and heroic Lifeboat rescues came to Whitby between 23 July and 31 August at Whitby's Pannett Art Gallery. An exhibition from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution featuring tales of rescue during the Great War.

 

100 years of GCHQ in Scarborough

As part of the Scarborough Remembers project, GCHQ Scarborough curator Kevin Makepeace co-ordinated a talk in the Grand Hall at the Scarborough Spa Complex on Saturday 26 July.

 

World War 1 Scarborough Bombardment Exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery

Scarborough Museums Trust held a temporary exhibition in 2014 at the Scarborough Art Gallery, commemorating the bombardment of Scarborough in 1914 and the impact of the First World War. Through a series of events and activities, including family fun days, conferences and town trails accompany the exhibition which tells the story of the Bombardment of Scarborough and it's aftermath.

 

Please note this event is running until January 2015. Find out more at scarboroughmuseumstrust.org.uk

 

August 2014

'Remember Scarborough' Exhibition at Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre opened their centenary exhibition in August, depicting the story of the bombardment through a six panel pop-up exhibition which has toured Leeds, Satlburn, Filey and Scarborough.

 

Please note: the display will continue to be available throughout the year, free of charge, to community groups, schools and charities. Please call 01723 369361 or email scarboroughmaritime@yahoo.com. Alternatively, visit the website at: scarboroughsmaritimeheritage.org.uk

 

WW1 Anniversary Service of Remembrance & White Torchlight Parade

The Filey Branch of the Royal British Legion held a WW1 Anniversary Service of Remembrance and White Torchlight Parade on 4 August 2014 as part of the borough's commemorations.

 

World War 1 Weekend at Scarborough Castle

Across the weekend of 9-10 August 2014, English Heritage presented 'Heroes on Horseback - War and the Horse' an event which took place at Scarborough Castle. For further information, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/first-world-war/

 

WW1 Ambulance Trains

Alison Kay, Associate Archivist at the National Railway Museum, revealed what it would have been like for patients, doctors and nurses to travel on ambulance trains during wartime. The WW1 Ambulance Trains talk took place on Friday 29 August as part of the Remember Scarborough! Exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery.

 

September 2014

‘Not about Heroes’ at Scarborough Library Concert Hall

Not about Heroes’ a play by Feelgood Theatre Company featured 4 performances at Scarborough Library Concert Hall between 18th - 20th September. On this unique occasion of the anniversary of World War 1, Stephen MacDonald’s play is far more than a historical glimpse of events. It is an exploration of courage, of humanity and a moving celebration of an intense friendship forged through poetry and the power of words overshadowed by a terrible and all-consuming war. This play inspires all who see it, especially young people.

 

Discover more about Feelgood Theatre Productions' ‘Not about Heroes’

 

‘Hartlepool Bombardment' - Lunchtime Talk at Scarborough Art

The chair of Hartlepool’s Heugh Battery Museum Trust, John Southcott, presented a series of lunchtime talks at Scarborough Art Gallery. The talk focused on the Bombardment of Hartlepool, the same day as Scarborough and Whitby – 16 December 1914. Though Heugh Battery returned fire – becoming the only coastal battery in England to fire its guns in anger during the First World War – the Bombardment resulted in extensive damage and severe loss of life. The Bombardment of Hartlepool took place at Scarborough Art Gallery on Friday 26 September.

 

Steve R Dunn Author Talk at Scarborough & Filey Libraries

On 25th September, Steve R Dunn talked about his book 'The Scapegoat: The life and tragedy of a fighting admiral and Churchill’s role in his death' at both Scarborough and Filey libraries.

 

'Remember Scarborough' Weekend

Remember Scarborough WeekendA weekend of free arts events in Scarborough took place 27 - 28 September in commemoration of the 1914 Bombardment of the town, including a powerful theatrical production, 'Remember Scarborough!' produced and composed by John Pattison and the Beach Hut Theatre Company.

 

Staged by six local actors and musicians in the St Nicholas Gardens, behind the Town Hall, the 45-minute production told the story of the bombardment, giving an insight into life in Scarborough 100 years ago.

 

In addition to Pattison's 'Remember Scarborough!' production, Scarborough Museums Trust and Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre presented historical displays and exhibitions. There was also a series of pierrot show presentations by Yorkshire Coast College Performing Arts students, whilst visitors were also invited to follow a Remembrance Route through the gardens.

 

At the top of the gardens, by the statue of Queen Victoria, there was also a theatre tent, where rehearsed readings of six World War One plays by writers from the Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach programme were presented by YCC HNC Acting students directed by Alison Watt. These plays were previously presented as part of the Plays and Pinot season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

 

Furthermore, in the Sunken Gardens opposite the Royal Hotel, which had 160 windows smashed in the shelling, students from YCC’s Fine Art and Art Foundation degrees spent the day creating a giant artwork depicting the bombardment on large canvases.

 

Taylor Downing Talk & Book Signing at Scarborough Art Gallery

Best-selling author and award-winning TV producer Taylor Downing tackled the secret history of the Bombardment of Scarborough in 1914 in an evening talk at Scarborough Art Gallery on Friday 10 October. As a best-selling author and the producer of more than 200 TV documentaries, many of which have won awards, Taylor is also a guest blogger for the Imperial War Museum.

 

Taylor’s Winston Churchill, code breaking and the blunder that led to the shelling of Scarborough told the story of the establishment of the first ever British wireless listening service and code-breaking centre at the Admiralty by Winston Churchill in the first months of the First World War.

 

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