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WORS Is an educational project that raises awareness of the Impacts of ‘War, Conflict and Remembrance for Children, Young People, General Public and memory retention of Older People.

Aims

Something about going into Schools and working with various Youth Groups to Projects:

  1. Support Teaching of Curriculums
  2. Engage with Schools & Youth Groups during the National Act of Remembrance
  3. Commemorating WWII through drama, music, art, poetry and photography competitions
  4. Celebrating 100 years of the Royal British Legion & the Poppy Appeal
  5. Marking 100 years of the Battle of Imjin at 'Gloster Hill'

1) Support Teaching of curriculums, preparation of GCSEs and Youth Groups Community subjects that include WW1, WW2 and the Cold War. We aim to provide low cost or free (where possible) Work Shops and Assemblies with 'Hands On' experience of the following resources:

  1. Uniforms & Equipment
  2. Reenactors in uniform
  3. Fully Decommissioned Weapons
  4. Research literature
  5. Children's Field Hospital
  6. 25 Foot Mobile WW1 Trench

2) The GCN 'WORS' Project can support Schools, Youth Groups and the General Public during the run up to the ‘National Act of Remembrance in the UK’ (Sep-Nov) with:

  1. ‘Lest We Forget’ Talks on the Impacts of WW1 covering:
    • Women at War
    • Disabilities
    • LGBTQ sacrifice
    • Underage Soldiers
    • Non-white British Empire Soldiers
    • Mental Health - ‘Shell Shock’

This talk can be used to help reduce the stigma of mental ill health with pupils. This talk can make links from WW1 'Shell Shock’ to the present PTSD with Veterans, to the Emergency Services, Parents, Teachers and then the Young People themselves may need Mental Health Support.

3) WW2 Celebrations and Commemorations with - Drama, Music, Art, Poetry & Photography Competitions of:

  1. Victory in Europe
  2. Victory over Japan
  3. Battle of Britain (including the role of our Allies: the Polish Pilots)

Something here to introduce what GCN can do with regards to these - who are they aimed at? What is the reasoning behind having these competitions?

4) GLOS100 – celebrating the Post WW1 Beginning of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal of:

  1. ‘Lest We Forget’ Talks (Zoom or Group Presentations)
  2. Remembrance Talks (Zoom or Group Presentations)
  3. Battle of Britain (including the role of our Allies: the Polish Pilots)
  4. Art
  5. Poetry
  6. Photography
  7. Fundraising for the 2021 Poppy Appeal during COVID-19 Pandemic

5) ‘Gloster Hill’ - Battle of Imjin Mobile Display to mark the Anniversary of the Battle of Imjin River, South Korea, of the Infantry Gloucestershire Regiment, 22nd-25th April 1951, Cold War will include:

  1. Mobile 30-foot Battle Trench, with:
    • HANDS ON - Uniforms & Equipment
    • Reenactors in uniform
    • Fully Decommissioned Weapons
    • Research literature
    • Children's Field Hospital
  2. Heroes of Imjin:
    • Celebrating the Forgotten Heroes of those who fought at this crucial battle
    • Fundraising for Interviews and Artist Drawings of Living Imjin Veterans
    • Recording and sharing and promoting Research, Artefacts and Personal Stories with the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum (Link to the SOGM)
  3. Gloucestershire (UK) & Penguin (South Korea):
    • Celebrating the close connection between the people of South Korea especially the City pf with Gloucestershire Working in Partnership with the ‘Imjin 70’ and the main planned community events in 2021 - see Imjin at 70
    • Raising the awareness of the first of the Cold War’s Conflicts – The Korean War 1951-1953?
    • Raising the awareness of these historical connection and close ties between South Korea and the people of Gloucestershire e.g., the donation of Personal Protective equipment needed by the NHS and front-Line Service during the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency in Gloucestershire (Link to press article)