Gateways project helps commemorate Canadian WWI sacrifice

The University's Gateways to the First World War research centre has helped put together a fascinating exhibition on the role of Canadian servicemen in Folkestone during the Great War.

The exhibition, entitled Canada, Folkestone and the Great War explores the close links forged between Canadian soldiers and the inhabitants of the town during the First World War, utilising material found by local students in local and national archives.

The students, at Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, the Folkestone School for Girls and the Harvey Grammar School, in conjunction with the University’s Gateways to the First World War Centre, the British Library and Folkestone Town Council, curated the exhibition.

The exhibition runs in Folkestone Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone
from Tuesday 27 June to the end of July.

The exhibition links to the annual Canada Day Service in Folkestone, commemorating the 305 Canadian soldiers who died during the First World War and who are buried in the Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. A memorial service takes place each year on or near Canada Day at the Canadian Servicemen’s graves at the cemetery.

The Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre, co-ordinated by the University’s School of History, was launched in May 2014 with the aim of encouraging and supporting public interest in the centenary of the First World War through a range of events, activities, advice and expertise.