Documenting the lives of the Belgian Refugees in North East Wales during World War One
Association or society
09.30 - 16.30
Assembly - Memorial Chairs
- 19 August — 13 October 2017 *on now
Residents and visitors to North Wales are invited to participate in a unique art project in remembrance of those who died in the First World War.
This event will start on August 19th and end on October 13th, 2017. Please be aware that the church may be unavailable at certain times in order to carry out its primary functions for services, weddings, christenings and funerals, etc.
In this, the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, St. Margaret’s Church in Bodelwyddan, The Marble Church, is hosting Assembly, a touring art installation that commemorates the fallen soldiers and inspires reflection on the legacy of the war 100 years on. Members of the public are invited to share and recount stories, memories and reflections, including those of the Great War which have been passed down from their families and friends. These accounts will be recorded in a memorial book, alongside the names of more than 174,000 soldiers who died on the battlefields in Belgium. The book will return to the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres in 2018 and become part of a special archive collection.
Do you have a story to write in this special WW1 Memorial book?
The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium invite you to contribute to this especially commissioned book - you may find a name that you recognise in the book, but, they would be pleased to receive all stories connected with World War 1 from your family, or community.
Alternatively, you can write your story at home and bring it to the venue, and it will be put it into the book for you. As well as stories, photocopies of photographs and original letters can also be added.
This assembly of stories from different sources, including, local regiments, relatives and communities, will tell a united story of loss and tragedy.
The installation will also feature five memorial chairs taken from Passchendaele’s St. Audomarus Church, which was the scene of one of the worst battles of the conflict. Created by Val Carman, who, in 1999, became the first artist-in-residence at In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium, Assembly will be installed at the church as part of multi-venue tour of the UK and Ireland. This will be the installation’s only visit to Wales.
The Marble Church was chosen as Wales’ venue because of its association with The First World War through Kinmel Camp and the Commonwealth War Graves of the Canadian Soldiers.
Artist Val Carman said:
"The chairs on display bring a familiar, tactile and simple memorial of loss from Flanders and represent the emptiness that would have been physically present within many homes and communities. The accompanying memorial book contains many names, but shows only a fraction of the total loss, and is a reminder of the immensity of the tragic events.”
Assembly will officially open to the public from August 19th until October 13th 2017 in line with the usual visiting hours of the church: 9.30am – 16.30pm and is free to visit.
- Family friendly
St. Margaret's of Antioch, The Marble Church