Undercliffe Cemetery Charity: Bradford Armistice 100
Commemorating the end of The Great War, the people and the City of Bradford
Undercliffe Cemetery are planning three days of events, services and celebrations covering all aspects of the end of the First World War. We are inviting schools and colleges to participate and interact and engage with the events.
The outline timetable of events (TBC)
Thursday 8th November:
7.15pm: The Lodge. The Undercliffe Cemetery Alive! Poets Society. Exploring War and Peace Poetry. With a showing of a short documentary film on Wilfred Owen.
Poets/Writers/Flash-fiction authors all welcome to contribute, read and listen at the evening of poems.
We are also asking for contributions and submissions of poetry from all ages. These will be kept as an archive of the events surrounding the 100th Anniversary.
Schools and colleges are welcome to coordinate entries and submissions.
Friday 9th November:
9.30am-12.00 (Timings TBC)
- Planting of 276 crosses in a ‘Field of Honour’ each one representing a WWI soldier remembered or buried at Undercliffe.
- Roll of Honour read out as the crosses are planted
- Service of Remembrance: The service with the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, choir, and representative of local community groups etc. Last Post.
We need 276 students/pupils to be part of the ceremony. Each person would plant, a named, Cross with Poppy, in our ‘Field of Honour’ as the names are being read out. We would welcome students/pupils to be part of the team that reads out the names.
Volunteers on the day would also be welcome to help with the marshalling and smooth running of the event.
Saturday 10th November:
9.30am-16.00 (Timings TBC)
This event is much less formal. We intend to have information boards telling the story of Bradford, The Bradford Pals and the home front.
There are stories to explore of the Suffrage movement, the voices of women who kept the mills and industry going and those for whom war was a matter of conscience.
We will have bunting, a brass band, cakes. There will be displays of WWI memorabilia and volunteers will be on hand from the CWGC to help locate ancestors from the conflict.
We are keen to collect family stories and anecdotal memories. There is a wealth of material that is kept within families which is important to acknowledge and record. This is particularly relevant to the soldiers who fought from across the ‘Empire’.
The Muslim and Sikh soldiers from across India and what is now Pakistan answered the call in their thousands. The stories of those soldiers need to be recognised.
Artefacts and stories will be on display and it would be wonderful to add yours to the archive.
Sunday 11th November:
1.00pm-16.00 (Timings TBC)
- Irene Lofthouse an award- winning writer and performer brings her one-woman stage show ‘Words, Women and War: Forgotten Female Voices of the Great War’ to Undercliffe.
- Bradford-born Alberta, VAD, poet, friend of Agatha Christie and JB Priestley
- Leeds-based Dorothy, its youngest Mayoress in 1913, socialite, PALS fundraiser, poet, Yorkshire dialect and Romany lore expert
- Harrogate lass Betty, YMCA volunteer driver of wounded in France York woman
- Flora, frontline fighter with the Serbians
Explore the themes of suffrage, women in war, role models and the position of women in society.
TBC: A short ‘film festival’ which will show films and documentaries themed around the WW1.
Undercliffe Cemetery: Education/Participation
We have an ‘Artist in Residence’ Debbie Sharp. She is creating, researching and reflecting the site through a three month stay. On Saturdays and Wednesdays, she is keen for anyone to engage and participate in her work which will lead up to a ‘performance’
and sound sculpture.
The cemetery itself is a wonderful resource which can be adapted to any part of the National Curriculum. We have a Lodge building which can be used as a ‘classroom’. The site is very accessible, and we have fully accessible toilets. The site is 26 acres
with a wealth of opportunities that lend themselves to schools and colleges.
Tours/Guides: By arrangement we can give guided tours.
Have a look at our website:
Andy Manning: Registrar Co-ordinator
Tel: 01274 642276 Mob: 07908166537