Three weeks of events in Stamford to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will start on Saturday with the opening of an installation space.
Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street, Stamford, has been transformed into an intimate space to 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: “We’re incredibly excited about the exhibition and event space opening - the trench-inspired space is looking fantastic.
“At the events, the audience will bunker down, surrounded by the sand bags and detritus of broken trees, pallets, random timber and iron. Imagine then the whistle of the bombs, the clatter of the machine gun and the shouts from men in battle. A terrifying and alien experience to even the well seasoned soldier.
“Sue Shield’s intention in creating the mock trench to display the exhibition work is to give the visitor some indication of the materials used in 1914, how makeshift it was and also in some way create a feeling of enclosure.
“Her steel towers, that flank the trench, reference the braziers that the soldiers would have warmed themselves with whilst resting from the front line and are cut with illustrations of stories of Stamford in 1914.”
There are also many free events but tickets must be booked in advance from Stamford Arts Centre as capacity is limited. Some events are already “sold out”.
The culmination of the events will be a huge open air event on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4, outside Browne’s, from 4pm onwards.
To find out more about any of the events visit www.stamfordWW1.org.