A busy and involving week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, (CHAC) near Yeovil.
First and foremost in our minds is the 100th Anniversary Commemorations for the Battle of the Somme taking place today around the world. We are marking the milestone with a screening of the Battle of the Somme film loaned to us by the Imperial War Museum (IWM). This will take place at Yeovil Library on the top floor at 2.30pm with the kind assistance of Yeovil Librarians (particularly on lap top and projector duties!)
The official IWM Guide to the Film provides useful background context:
“The Battle of the Somme film is one of the most popular films of the First World War seen by over 20 million people in Britain at the time. These momentous audience numbers make The Battle of the Somme one of the most popular films in British Cinema history. The film marked a turning point in film making, being the first feature length documentary about a war, and changed the way cinema and film were perceived by society. In 2016, IWM will be making the restored version of the film available to members of the Centenary Partnership to screen in their venues to audiences all over the world.”
We are already fulfilling this aim, as several local community and history groups wish to screen the film as part of their regular meetings. Significantly, the hosts cannot charge an entry fee, but through the screening, CHAC hopes to let people know more about our service and role and also help Yeovil Library by simply prompting more visitors to come in and see what the library has to offer.
In addition to the film, we also have a static ‘panel’ display with historical information around the time of 1916 and related to the Battle of the Somme also provided by the Imperial War Museum.
We also helped Langport and District History Society with their ‘Pop Up Museum’ as part of the Langport Festival with the last day on Saturday 25th June 2016. We loaned three small, resin, sloping display cases as the main idea was for members of the public to bring in items related to Langport to show during the period of the Festival. This was an intriguing idea and school photographs proved a popular item to be brought in. Significant items from possibly Langport’s most famous name, the economist, Walter Bagehot, were also on display, together with projected images of Langport carnival.
More next time on our Battle of the Somme Screening.
Assisting Langport and District History Society with their ‘Pop Up’ Museum with the loan of display sloping cases as part of the Langport Festival.