National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round Centre for Remembrance; a spiritually uplifting place which honours the fallen, recognises service and sacrifice, and fosters pride in our country. The Arboretum is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and nearly 300 memorials, it is a beautiful and lasting tribute to those who serve their country or who have died in conflict.
The Arboretum is situated on land gifted by Lafarge Tarmac and is home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan.
Garden, parklands or rural site, Heritage site
The National Memorial Arboretum is open every day from 9am to 5pm. In the winter months the grounds close at dusk but our Visitor Centre remains open until 5pm. We are closed only on Christmas Day. During summer months the last admission is at 4.30pm (unless otherwise stated).
Entry is free at the National Memorial Arboretum, though donations are appreciated.
Car park, gift shop, licenced restaurant, disabled access
Burma Veterans: Unforgettable
- 25 November 2017 — 25 February 2018 *on now
Burma Veterans: Unforgettable is a powerful and poignant photographic exhibition by photographer Wendy Aldiss, whose father, the novelist and artist, Brian Aldiss served in the 2nd Division during the Burma campaign of World War II. During 2015 – the year marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day – she photographed over 200 allied Burma Veterans in the UK, alongside a small selection in Burma (now Myanmar).
Supported by the Burma Star Memorial Fund, The Royal British Legion and The Soldiers' Charity, Wendy Aldiss’s ‘Burma veterans: Unforgettable’ , a multimedia exhibition, commemorates the survivors of the Burma Campaign. The exhibition features portraits of British veterans alongside Korean Veterans who fought as allies against the Japanese occupation of Burma. Aged between 89 and 105 years old when photographed, their portraits, along with examples and images of wartime memorabilia, pay tribute and give a voice to these Veterans.
Following the bombing of Pear Harbour in December 1941 the Japanese advanced into Burma. The next three years saw ferocious fighting between the Allies and their formidable enemy, in the most inhospitable terrain and dense jungle with extremes of weather exacerbated by malaria and other tropical diseases. Known too many as the ‘forgotten army’, more than one million served under arms in the largest Commonwealth army ever assembled.
The powerful images in the exhibition, taken without artifice or glamour capture the veterans in their natural environment, often at home.
Wendy’s work has previously featured in Square, Black and White Photography, Marie Claire and The Telegraph.
- Any age
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National Memorial Arboretum
01283 245 100