One hundred years on, we are all connected to the First World War, either through our own family history, the heritage of our local communities or because of its long-term impact on society and the world we live in today. If you are a resident of Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford you might be interested in an exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and reflect on your family’s experience of it.
Called “Returning from the War – beyond the 11th hour” the exhibition is being held at the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, Rangers Road, Chingford, London E4 7QH, from Thursday 1st Nov 2018 to Friday 30th Nov 2018. It is open all week apart from Mondays which it’s open from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance is free and no booking required. Through it, you will find out about Forest Keepers who returned to Epping Forest after the Great War, what we know about their war experiences and their return to a working life in the Forest.
From 2014 to 2018, across the world, nations, communities and individuals of all ages have come together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. The Imperial War Museums have been leading the First World War Centenary Partnership. They are a network of local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations who have been putting on a range of events.
Together, through the First World War Centenary Programme, they have come up with an amazing global programme of cultural events and activities, and online resources. Information and experience that can take you way beyond your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home to experience the First World War and honour all those who have fought and died.