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November 2017

5000 Poppies

November 1 - December 22

Come and see the 5,000 Poppies exhibition – a colourful community tribute of respect and remembrance.  The display which features knitted, crocheted and felt poppies crafted by local people, has captured the imagination of the local community to such an extent that, in all, over 20,000 flowers made by more than 1,000 contributors are on show.   5,000 Poppies began in 2013 as a small personal tribute by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, to honour their fathers…

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Britten War Requiem Prints

November 1 @ 10:00 am - December 17 @ 5:00 pm
Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Road
Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG United Kingdom
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A series of 8 prints and linocuts by Ruth Dent, inspired by Britten’s War Requiem as sung by the Rochester Cathedral Choir. Incorporating a personal element from the artist’s Great-great Uncle, Harry Hayter, the art represents human skill and individuality, as well as capturing the spirit of the music and words used by Britten: "My subject is War, and the pity of War, The Poetry is in the pity … All a poet can do today is warn.” Exhibition entry…

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December 2017

British Propaganda and the War Effort in WWI

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – Professor Mark Connelly examines ‘What would have happened to the liberty of nations if it had not been for the British Empire?: British propaganda and newspaper coverage of the imperial effort in 1917.' David Lloyd George’s pointed references to the British Empire in one of his well-publicised British war aims speeches in September 1917 reveals much about the sensitivity of the British government to the presentation of the Empire by the later stages of the war.…

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Wartime Christmas

December 9 @ 10:00 am - December 10 @ 5:00 pm

Join us on 9th and 10th December to discover how Christmas was celebrated during the Second World War. Special displays and living history demonstrations will capture the ambience of 1940’s Christmas festivities including • Cooking Christmas Dinner on rations! • Sapper’s Santa’s Grotto • Lindy Hop dancing • 1940s Hairdressing There’s also Air Raid Warden drills, family activities, a vintage market, historical talks and entertainment from the Brompton Military Wives’ Choir (Saturday only) BOOK NOW    

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Meet the Artist

December 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Ruth Dent will be in the small Gallery on 17 December to talk about her exhibition, Britten War Requiem Prints. It will also be your last chance to see the exhibition before it closes! Entrance to the exhibition is included in Museum entrance.

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February 2018

The Imperial Wardrobe of the Qing Dynasty

February 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018 –‘A Journey Through the Imperial Wardrobe-Imperial Court Costume of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)’ David Rosier will be talking about the costume and dress accessories that would have been worn for formal occasions (Regulated Court Costume), or informally, at the Imperial Court or in Provincial Government during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Initial consideration will be given to formal, mandated, Court Costume and Insignia of Rank worn by the Imperial Family plus the Civil and Military Officials. The…

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