St Albans Remembers

St Albans Remembers provides information on events held to commemorate Remembrance Sunday 2018 and the WW1 Centenary in 2018.

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Lasting Peace?

SAMG A Lasting Peace 190x150 This exhibition explores how the way we remember the First World War has changed from early memorials to our centenary commemorations today.

Date and time:
 8th September - 25th November 2018 during museum opening hours (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)
Venue:  St Albans Museum + Gallery, Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Tickets: Free. No booking required.

More information: see the St Albans Museums website.


Street War Memorials - Guided walks

The Great War changed lives forever. Men enlisted to fight for King and Country, many never returned. The Abbey Parish remembers its dead, not in a church, but the streets where they grew up. The Parish was not unique in its experience but the memorials are. St Albans Tour Guides lead this walk to explore the history behind their existence and the lives of those whose names appear there.

Date and time: Various dates between 24th October and 17th November - see the St Albans Tour Guides website
Tickets: £5 per adult, and £2 per accompanying child aged 5-15. Under 5's are free. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To come on a public walk, just turn up at the start point and pay the guide.

Meeting point:  outside the St Albans Museum+Gallery in St Peter's Street.


World War One Exhibition

Cathedral_remembrance_exhibition 190x150A commemorative exhibition reflecting on St Albans Cathedral Parish during the First World War. This display will explore the lives of those at the heart of the Cathedral throughout the war, the tragedies they endured and the unique way in which the local community chose to remember those they had lost. Visitors are invited to share experiences of the First World War within their own families, and there will also be a space for reflection and prayer.

Date and time: Wednesday 24th October to Wednesday 18th November
Monday - Friday: 8.45am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 9am - 3.30pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL1 1BY
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information:www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/remembrance.


Remembrance Tours at St Albans Cathedral

Cathedral Remembrance Tours 190x150Specialist Remembrance Tours explore parts of the Cathedral dedicated to the memory of a lost generation. From the individual stories of local heroes, to the many memorials in brass and stained glass, these tours promise to be a moving insight into the mark the war to end all wars left on the Cathedral community and the city at large.

Dates and times: 
- Saturday 27 October at 1pm
- Saturday 3rd November at 11am
- Wednesday 7th November at 2pm
- Sunday 11th November at 2pm

Venue: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL1 1BY
Tickets: Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made in the following ways:
- Online at www.stalbanscathedral.org/learning
- By telephone through the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290
- By visiting the Cathedral, located in the Gift Shop in St Albans Cathedral

More information:www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/remembrance.


A County at War, Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire

SAMG A County at War Life on the Home Front 190x150Made from photographs supplied by local museums and the public, this film highlights the unsung heroes of the Home Front. It is often haunting, ultimately uplifting and forever Hertfordshire.

Date and time:
 27th October - 15th November 2018 during museum opening hours (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)
Venue: St Albans Museum + Gallery, Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Tickets: Free. No booking required.

More information: see the St Albans Museums website.


St Albans Legacy

SAMG St Albans Legacy 190x150St Albans Legacy is the culmination of a multimedia art competition showcasing the artworks and creative responses of local students (Years 7-10) set up specifically to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice. Accompanying the artwork will also be a world map recording where the ancestors of St Albans' residents were living 100 years ago.

Town Trail and Workshops running during half term at the Museum in still life photography, glass art and knitting.  

Date and time: Exhibition on 27th October - 15th November 2018 during museum opening hours (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm)
Venue: St Albans Museum + Gallery, Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Tickets: Exhibition free. Workshops £10 per ticket: www.stalbanslegacyproject.org/workshops.html .

More information: see the St Albans Museums website.


Remembrance Trail at St Peter's Church

St Peters Church 150x173Visitors will be able to follow a guide to all of the church's WWI memorials and, if they wish, sign the Book of Remembrance. Memorials include the beautiful Pre-Raphaelite Mead Window by Louis Davis (1861-1941). There is step-free access to all parts of the trail.

Date and time:
 The Remembrance Trail at St Peter's Church will be available to visitors whenever the church is open over the period from Saturday 3rd November through to Sunday 18th November. Please note that the church is not open all of the time. Do phone the church office ahead on 01727 855485 to check.
Venue: St Peter's Church, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3HG
Tickets: Free. No booking required.

More information: see www.stpeterschurch.uk.com.


Oaklands Remembers - Veterans and local forces lunch

Oaklands lunch Tommy 148x150Oaklands College opens Stables restaurant exclusively for War veterans and the local forces community for a war time themed (free) lunch. Catering students will cook and serve lunch, and St Albans Remembers photos from photography students will be on display. Public Services students will be on hand at the event. Booking essential.

Date and time:
 Thursday 8th November 2018 from 12-2pm - Advance bookings only 
Venue: The Stables restaurant, Oaklands College, Hatfield Road, St Albans AL4 0XS. free parking available for all guests very close to the restaurant. Disabled access available - step free
Tickets: This event is free but due to space advance booking is essential - please email events@oaklands.ac.uk

More information: see www.oaklands.ac.uk/news-events/events/detail/2018/11/08/default-calendar/st-albans-remembers-veterans'-lunch.


Greater Love at St Peter's Church

St Peters Church 150x173Prayer will be said every 30 minutes as visitors takes the Remembrance Trail around the church to view all of the WWI memorials. The names of the fallen from the church and parish will be shown, with their pictures where available. The event ends at 3.00pm with a talk by Jonathan Mein from 3pm until 4pm (see entry below).

Date and time:
 Saturday 10th November from 11am until 3pm
Venue: St Peter's Church, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3HG
Tickets: Free. No booking required.

More information: see www.stpeterschurch.uk.com.


Public Memorialisation of the Dead in St Albans, 1914-25

St Peters Church 150x173This talk by Jonathan Mein, Local Historian, SAHAAS, editor of the WW1 book: St Albans, Life on the Home Front 1914-1918, charts the development of the tradition of public commemoration in St Albans from the Boer War through the Great War itself and finishing in 1925 by which time most of the city’s forty war memorials had been erected.

Date and time: Saturday 10th November 2018 at 3pm
Venue: St Peter's Church, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3HG
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information: www.stpeterschurch.uk.com 


Forty Four Hospital Workers go to War

forty_four_workers_200pxAn exhibition to commemorate the contribution that 44 Hill End Hospital staff made and the impact that it left behind on the hospital. The exhibition will take place in the Highfield Park Visitor Centre. It will focus on the 44 Hill End Hospital Workers that went to war leaving their employment and the impact on the hospital they left behind. We will also be showing "A County at War, Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire". A film by the University of Hertfordshire in association with Lady Verulam. On Sunday at 7pm the Beacon in Hither Wood will be lit as part of The Nation's Tribute Beacon's of Light which will be part of the many Beacons lit across the country.

Date and time: Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018 from 10am - 4pm
Venue: Highfield Park Visitor Centre, Hill End Lane, St Albans AL4 0RA. Parking available at The Highfield Park Visitor Centre on the Saturday, on the Sunday parking is available on the surrounding residential areas.
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information: www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk 


The Lea Singers - Remembrance

St Albans Lea Singers 190x150On the eve of the Armistice Centenary, The Lea Singers of Harpenden present a dramatic and innovative programme of music for Remembrance in the Lady Chapel, to create a timeline which charts the world's conflicts from the Renaissance to the present day. Music by Bryd, Gesualdo, Vaughan-Williams, Butterworth and more. Conducted by Victoria Longdon.

Dates and times: Saturday 10th November 2018 from 7:30pm - 10pm
Entry via the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard

Venue: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL1 1BY
Tickets: £20. Concessions £15

Bookings can be made in the following ways:
- Online at www.stalbanscathedral.org 
- By telephone through the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290
- By visiting the Cathedral, located in the Gift Shop in St Albans Cathedral

More information:www.stalbanscathedral.org


Act of Remembrance and Service at St Leonard's Church

St Leonards Church 190x150Act of Remembrance at Lych Gate outside St Leonard's Church, including the reading out of the names of those from the village who died in the First and Second World Wars

Date and time: Sunday 11th November 2018. Act of Remembrance 10:45am-11am, Service from 11am-11:50am
Venue: St Leonard’s Church, Church End, St Albans AL4 9DL
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information: www.sandridgechurch.org.uk


11:11 - silence and beacon lighting

War Memorial 190x150Two-minute Silence
The Mayor of the City and District of St Albans will be at the War Memorial on St Peter's street to mark 11:11 with a two minute silence. This will be an informal gathering at the war memorial at the top of St Peters’ Street, with no road closures.

Date and time: 11th November at 11am 
Venue: War Memorial, St Peter's Street, St Albans AL1 3HG 

Remembrance Day Parade
Please note the usual Parade will take place at 6:30pm in line with the National Beacon lighting event at 7:00pm.
Large poppies are being tied to lamp posts along St Peter’s Street ready for the Remembrance Day Parade which will start outside the former BHS store from 6:30pm. The parade will then proceed to the war memorial near St Peter’s Church for the beginning of the multi-faith remembrance service at 6:45pm.

The beacon lighting at 7pm will then mark the start of a national two-minute silence to remember those who were killed or wounded in battle during the First World War.

There will also be another beacon lighting in St Albans at Highfield Park in Highfield Lane at the same time.

Date and time: 11th November from 6:30pm 
Venue: St Peter's Street and St Peter's Church, St Albans AL1 3HG
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information:www.stalbans.gov.uk


Remembrance Day at St Albans Museum + Gallery

SAMG Remembrance Day 190x150 The museum will remain open until 6:30pm ahead of a service and beacon lighting at the War Memorial in St Peters Street.

There will be a chance to visit the two First World War displays in the museum and also to watch a screening of the film A County at War in the The John Apthorp Learning Studio at 4.30pm. Tickets are free but to guarantee your place, reserve yours in advance. The running time is 50 minutes.

Date and time: 11th November 2018 from 11am-6:30pm, with limited spaces for film screening from 4:30pm
Venue: St Albans Museum + Gallery, Market Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans AL3 5DJ
Tickets: Reserve your free space to watch A County at War at 4:30pm

More information: see the St Albans Museums website 


The Old Fighting Cocks (Radio play)

Mial Pagan 190x150Radio Verulam is broadcasting 'The Old Fighting Cocks' by Mial Pagan on November 11th at 2 pm. This moving one hour drama follows the fictional exploits of a group of local soldiers going off to fight on the Western Front. The play was inspired by the poignant war memorials in the streets of St Albans. A story of the bravery and horror of ordinary people from St Albans in the First World War. “The Old Fighting Cocks” is a radio play produced in association with St Albans' Company of Ten.

Date and time: 11th November 2018 from 2pm-3pm
How to listen: online at www.radioverulam.com or tune your radio to 92.6FM.

More information: see the Radio Verulam website 


A Nation's Tribute Beacon Lighting in Highfield Park

Highfield Park beacon 150pxA beacon lighting at 7pm to pay tribute to those millions who gave their lives for their country or returned home wounded during or after the dreadful darkness of four years of War - 1914 – 1918. Highfield Park Trustees are busily researching the lives of men who went to war from Hill End Hospital. Boards listing the staff of Hill End hospital who went to War will be lining the path to the beacon and there will also be a static display in the Highfield Park Visitor Centre that weekend.

Date and time: Sunday 11th November 2018. Sounding of the Last Post at 6.55pm and Lighting of the Beacon at 7.00pm
Venue: Hither Wood, Highfield Park, Highfield Lane, St Albans AL4 0RE
Tickets: Free. No booking required

More information: see www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk 


Walter Harvey Hallam, an ordinary man

MAT Walter Harvey Hallam 190x150 Walter Harvey Hallam, an ordinary man, a one act play by Alison Raymond about the experiences of a London draper who volunteered for military service in 1915, plus songs from Martin Olyett and Bob Templeman and Annette Burrows.

Date and time: 11th November 2018 from 8pm - 10:30pm
Venue: The Maltings Arts Theatre Level 2, 26 The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL
Tickets: Tickets: £12, Students and concessions £11. Under 18 £7.50 online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo By phone 0333 666 3366, in person at St Albans Central Library or pay on the door

More information: see the Maltings Arts Theatre website.


St Albans Bach Choir – To mark the centenary of the end of WW1

Cathedral Bach Choir 190x150St Albans Bach Choir commemorates the centenary of the Armistice in 1918 with music by three English composers, Elgar, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams.
Conductor: Andrew Lucas
Soloists: Gemma Summerfield (soprano) and Louis Hurst (baritone)
Orchestra: Sinfonia Verdi

Dates and times: Saturday 17th November 2018. Doors open 7pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 9.30pm. There will be an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.
Entry via the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard.

Venue: St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL1 1BY
Tickets: 
Premium: £30 - Centre front with full view
Classic: £26 - Centre middle with full view or slightly restricted view
Standard Plus: £20 - Centre back with full view or restricted view
Standard: £15 - Centre back with full view or restricted view
No View: £13 - Centre or side aisles

No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out and on the day.

Bookings can be made in the following ways:
- Online at www.stalbanscathedral.org 
- By telephone through the Cathedral Box Office on 01727 890290
- By visiting the Cathedral, located in the Gift Shop in St Albans Cathedral

More information:www.stalbanscathedral.org


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