Remembrance Day at Stow Mries Aerodrome

COMMEMORATING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Discover how the Maldon District will be commemorating a hundred years since the end of the First World War. Taking more than eighteen million lives, WWI changed the face of the modern world and is one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Ending on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, commemorations have taken place ever since to remember those that were lost.

Lighting the Beacon
The Battles Over commemoration event will be held on 11th November in Promenade Park at 6pm. The event will feature music, readings, excerpts from the 1916 film 'The Battle of the Somme', and will have numerous guests including the British Legion, local cadets as well as special dignitaries. It will also be staged with gunfire to commemorate those that gave their lives during the conflict.

The event will be one of the official beacon lighting venues, and will be one of over 1000 lit nationwide at the same time. It will signify the light of peace that emerged from darkness after four years of war.

SOLITARY SOLDIERS

Each parish has been offered a 6ft high life-size wooden silhouette capturing the stark and poignant image of a solitary soldier on the battlefield. The silhouette is offered for each parish to display and to provide a 'canvas' for the community's personal commemoration. These decorations may include adding the names of local people who lost their lives in battle or decorating the figures on the theme of 'Battles Over'. Each of the silhouettes will then be collected and placed in Promenade Park as part of the 'Battles Over' event on 11th November.
Asheldham Solitary Soldier
Tolleshunt D'Arcy Solitary Soldier
Mundon Solitary Soldier

WWI COMMEMORATION EVENTS

DANGER TREE EXHIBITIONS

Following critically-acclaimed showcases in London, Manchester, Belfast and Liverpool, the Danger Tree will be coming to Essex for the first time on 27th October. Two Danger Tree exhibitions will be hosted at the Moot Hall and the Maeldune Heritage Centre in Maldon. They will both be an interactive visual arts experience to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War created by award-winning artists Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot.

Artist Scarlett Raven has previously launched an experience to commemorate the Battle of the Somme in 2016. Raven is the first oil painter to work in the world of augmented reality and uses an app where you can reveal the creative journey behind each artwork with animation, music and wartime poetry, read by actors including Sean Bean and Vicky McClure, superimposed on the artworks.

These two different art exhibitions of colourful oil paintings will depict images of the war and will fully engage the audience by revealing the harrowing narrative of the fallen. Both Danger Tree exhibitions are free to attend and will be held at the Maeldune Heritage Centre from 27th October to 13th November, and at the Moot Hall from 27th October to 18th November.
Danger Tree Exhibition

ARE YOU ORGANISING A WWI COMMEMORATION EVENT?

Please let us know if you are organising a First World War commemoration event in the Maldon District. We will add it onto this page, and also onto our listing. You can email us at tic@maldon.gov.uk to give us details about your event or you can also submit it via our website. We are happy to display posters and leaflets for local events at the Maldon and Burnham-on-Crouch Tourist Information Centres.