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|Title:||1914 - The Hull Dug-Out and Trench - 2014|
|Author:||The Hull Trench |
|ID & Publication:||20140611009 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Regional) |
The Hull Trench, representative of a Great War (WWI) officers’ dugout with a small section of trench, is very near to completion in the Hull People’s Memorial Exhibition Centre at 22 Whitefriargate (opposite Card Factory). The dug-out is a highly accurate example of a typical officers home-from-home, complete with bunks, writing desk, a collection of ‘souvenirs’ and resident rats (don’t tell, but the rats are only plastic). The trench is more of a learning experience for youngsters of all ages with a stepped floor so that everyone can see over the top; be they a Sergeant Short or a Lance Corporal Long!
The official opening of the dugout will be on Monday 9th June at 11am and the honours will be undertaken by 92 year-old Hull Veteran, Mr Ken Manners. As Ken was only 16 at the start of the war and determined to be involved any way that he could, he ended up building Lancaster bombers at a factory near Leeds where he eventually met his wife. As a youngster, Ken and his friends re-built a WWI motorbike which they used to ‘scramble in the old WWI training trenches at Strensall, near York. Ken was eventually called up and wore the uniform of a Royal Military Policemen.
The design and construction of the trench has been undertaken by Ken’s son, Steven Manners, who is also the talent behind ‘Theatres of War’, which offers an amazing war-time, cross curricular, learning experience to local schools during which pupils of all ages write, produce and perform their own play; dressing up in authentic-looking period uniforms and handling various replica munitions and artefacts for that added touch of realism. People’s Memorial volunteer Frank Rudland has been a huge help in dressing the dugout and has loaned us many of his own WWI artefacts for an added touch of authenticity.
The Dugout and Trench, which is featured on the official Imperial War Museum Centenary Web Site (you-really-do-need-to-know-when-to-stop-digging/) will also be available for group visits by schools, youth groups, clubs, societies – in fact any group of any age. Although limited numbers will be able to enter the dugout at a time, there is so much to discover in the Hull People’s Memorial Exhibition Centre that you should allow between one and two hours for your visit - which can include tea and biscuits or cakes, should you so desire. For group visits please ring 07856 17885, or simply call in between 10am and 4pm, any day except for Sunday.
(Please note, a donation towards the Hull People’s Memorial is requested from visiting groups.)
Chair – The Hull Peoples Memorial
Hull Remembers is registered as a charity, No. 1146942
Patron: The Rt. Hon Alan Johnson MP
Visit our Exhibition Centre at 22 Whitefriargate, Kingston upon Hull
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Office: 86 Rokeby Park, Kingston upon Hull. HU4 7QF, England
Tel: 07856 178885
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