Remembering Belton's Boys
Belton's boys are the young men who trained or convalesced in the parkland 100 years ago. A group of young people aged between 14 and 20 years old have been researching, investigating and discovering more about the parkland where their contempories 100 years ago would have been. Over November they will share their stories and the story of the camp.
The Start and the End are all the same, Of a soldier's life in the Machine Gun Corps, For the privates down below, To the officers way up high. The last thing to show even one hundred years on is ... The Start and the End are all the same.
So starts the Remembrance Walk that takes in part of the camp where the archaeological excavation took place in July 2015. The walk is written and led by the Lest We Forget team and includes some short performances by the young people highlighting their journey of remembrance through the year. You will also have the opportunity to explore some of the discoveries from the excavation and remember those who trod the same path as you.
Walks are available on Sat. 7th, Sun. 8th, Sat. 14, Sun. 15, Sat. 21 & Sun. 22 November: 10.30am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets are limited so please contact the Estate Office on 01476 566116 to book your tickets.
The Discovery Centre is a hive of activities on Sat. 7, Sun. 8, Sat. 21 & Sun. 22 November from 11am until 3pm:
- Lest We Forget team invite you to visit their small art exhibition. From honoring the start of the Belton Park Camp with interpretations of Kitchener's 'Your Country Needs You' recruitment poster to creating remembrance sculptures with some of the 800 nails and bolts uncovered during the archaeological excavation.
- Meet the First World War soldier and find out what's in his kit bag.Ask the 'Tommy' questions and discover what life really was like 100 years ago at home and on the Front. Please note: The Tommy Teaches is a living history re-enactor providing a show and tell event. (Sat. 7, Sat. 14 & Sun. 15 only)
Join Julia, a local storyteller and writer, in the Gardens as you explore Belton's very own First World War poets before writing your own words inspired by them and Belton House. 11.15am, 12.30pm & 2pm. Each workshop lasts 45 minutes-1 hour. Please Note: You are very welcome to come along and enjoy the performance at the start of the session which lasts approx. 20-30 minutes if you feel that you wouldn't enjoy creating your own short poem or story.