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Black Country Museum poet will be recruiting for war stories

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

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THE Black Country Living Museum's World War One summer centenary commemorations will culminate in a day of theatre, storytelling and music across the 26-acre site this Saturday (August 30).

The museum is looking to make the day extra special by collecting visitors' family wartime stories via their poet-in-residence.

These will be put to use on various projects, including in the development of new on-site characters.

Poet-in-residence Dave Reeves will be 'recruiting for stories' on site, looking for memories of family members who were involved in the military, prescribed occupations or on the home front.

The writer-historian, who has previously worked for the BBC, will pull the stories together in a piece of 'collaborative writing', which visitors will be able to download the following day.

The museum will also be giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Wartime Britain with a series of hands-on activities and trails throughout the day, such as army drills, home front postcard printing, street theatre and real-life Black Country Great War characters to talk to.

There will also be a very special premiere by local Wolverhampton Central Youth Theatre in the Limelight Cinema of their short film After Dawn at 11.30am.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with scenes filmed at the Locksmith's House in Willenhall, the film depicts the stories of local Black Country soldiers who were executed for cowardice and desertion.

The event takes place this Saturday from 10am – 5pm. A further screening of the film is being planned for November 2014 at the Lighthouse Cinema in Wolverhampton.

Call 0121 557 9643 or visit bclm.com to book tickets.

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