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Events and activities commemorating Swindon's role in the 1914-1918 war
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SitGW LogoAbout Swindon in the Great war

Swindon in the Great War is a community-led campaign committed to making sure that Swindon and the local area's considerable contribution to World War I is properly recognised. We all work together under a shared logo that is free for anyone in the area to use - this way marketing and publicity is considerably stronger, and it means that all groups and individuals can benefit from being part of a bigger, united approach. You can download the logo here.

The group was founded by a small number of local historians and others who felt, as the centenary of the 1914-1918 conflict drew closer, that nothing was being done in the area to give the war the weight of commemoration it deserves. This seemed particularly tragic given the depth and range of Swindon’s involvement in the conflict, which saw connections to every theatre of war, on every continent, and in every field of the armed forces. And, as well as this direct impact that Swindon had, through locals in the military machine and the supply of essential equipment from local factories, the borough played host to a Home Front that exemplified the efforts, sacrifices and fortitude of Britain as a whole, in much the same way as Swindon is still demographically representative of the wider UK.

BugleAt this important time of commemoration, Swindon’s efforts are almost certainly as representative of the whole nation as they were a hundred years ago, with huge time and volunteer resource being put into activities by dedicated members of the public and some other organisations, particularly local history groups. What we are hoping to achieve, by working together, is to lift the commemoration from a display of photocopies blue-tacked to a dusty board in a community centre, into something that reaches out to all, whether they are grandchildren of Tommies, British or French, Sikh or Japanese, German or Turkish.

Over the four years of 2014 - 2018, Swindon will see a number of activities and events relating to the Great War; including, Rememberance Services, Exhibitions, Theatre Shows, Talks, Books, Art, Films, Music, Dance, and much more. As well as the partners below, the group includes representation from Rodbourne Community History Group, Purton and the Great War, Swindon in the Past Lane, and has support from local MP, Robert Buckland (see article in LINK magazine) and journalist Josh Layton.

 

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