‘Think of Me’: Remembering the lost WW1 soldiers from Whitstable.

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'Think of Me'

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, we are pleased to announce the Horsebridge
Arts Centre has received a National Lottery grant, awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s
First World War then and now programme.

Our project ‘Think of Me’ focuses on the personal heritage of the soldiers from Whitstable who
gave their lives fighting in the First World War. We want to uncover and re-tell accounts of
these soldiers, both those already listed on the town War Memorial and also those whose names
have been discovered, but are not currently commemorated on the memorial. This project will
culminate in a 2 week exhibition over Remembrance Day in the Horsebridge galleries this November,
which will feature a completive and creative memorial remembering each soldier by creating a series
of sweetheart cushions, each one representing a soldier who lost his life in service.

Community activity will be at the heart of this project and we would love for you get involved.
We will be holding a series of free sessions at the centre for those who would like to take part
over the next couple of months.

If you would like to be involved in the project there are a number of ways you can help:

Become part of our research group: We will be holding research sessions on Tuesdays and
Thursdays to discover more about these soldiers. There will be training and guidance for
anyone who has not taken part in a researched project before and on Thursday 30th August
we are holding a research training session with a member of Gateways to WW1 project based
in Canterbury. This is open to all and refreshments will be provided.

Gather information: You will have opportunity to collect photographs, newspaper clippings,
documents and letters of individual soldiers and collate these with the research information
to create individual biographies of each soldier in preparation for the exhibition.

Create a sweetheart pin cushion: For our memorial exhibition we will be creating a sweetheart
cushion for each of the lost soldiers. All the materials you will need to create will be provided
in a kit with instructions. The Horsebridge will also be running free guided sessions for all ages
aimed at those wanting to take part but may have no experience with a needle and thread.

There will also be open mornings for anyone to drop in who may have personal memories of the soldiers
or have memorabilia or personal items/information that will help us with the project.

If you would like to be part of 'Think of Me' or would like further information about how you or your
group or organisation can get involved please email hannah@thehorsebridge.org.uk or call Hannah Wenn
on 01227 281174