School marks conflict centenary through art

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DANCE, film and art have been used by pupils to interpret the impact of the First World War on local families.

Children from King Richard School, in Paulsgrove, have taken part in the project Lest We Forget with the help of Portsmouth Museum.

A community event is taking place at the school, on Wednesday, to showcase the work to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the war – funded by a Heritage Lottery grant.

Guests can watch a film created using the museum’s First World War collection and enjoy an in the round dance performance. Visitors will also be asked to contribute to Paulsgrove’s Poppyfield where they can add their own paper poppy with the name of someone who was around during the war.

Historians will be portraying the Kitchener Volunteers of the First World War and, for those feeling fit, there is an assault course to test agility.

A Radian resident and one of the street dancers, Vinnie Gofton, has written a poem which he will read out during the performance.

The event runs from 2pm to 6pm.

Go to portsmouthmuseums.co.uk/museum-service or kingrichardschool.net.