An event space marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War opened on Saturday last week.
Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street, Stamford, has been transformed into an intimate space which will be used for a range of performances, workshops, lectures and roadshows.
The space is open to visit from 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday; 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm to 4pm on Sundays for people to view the work on display, which includes an exhibition of work produced by children from local schools.
There will also be work by local artist Sue Shields and more than 300 sandbags to give the atmosphere of the trenches.
Programme director Sam Roddan said: “In general, visitors are astounded at the intricate detail of artist Sue Shields work ‘Sketches of Stamford 1914’ which have been plasma cut into oil drums to form braziers - the work is moving too, the soldiers leaving their loved ones are particularly poignant images. We have now worked with over 1,000 local children. We have had amazing feedback from everyone”
By Monday, more than 250 visitors had been to the event space. On Monday, Key Stage 2 children from Wilds Lodge School in Empingham were working at the event space on Monday and on Tuesday, the 2nd Stamford Cubs visited for a Tommy workshop.
The first artefacts Roadshow was well attended on Sunday afternoon and will run again this Sunday and on July 27 from 2pm to 3.30pm and Philippa Massey’s lecture ‘Stamford Soldiers’.
The culmination of the events, which have been funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant, will be a huge open air event on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4, outside Browne’s, from 4pm onwards, called the Festival of Commemoration. Volunteer stewards are needed and anyone interested in lending a hand is asked to call Steve Bonde, from the Stamford branch, of the Royal British Legion, on 01780 757041. To find out more about any of the events visit www.stamfordWW1.org. Tickets are free for the events but due to limited seating in the event space, must be pre-booked at Stamford Arts Centre.