THE centenary of the end of the First World War will be the focus of We Remember Them: Armistice at Salisbury Cathedral, with art installations, films, a concert, tours, and a Shakespeare production, throughout November.
Across the North Quire Aisle, in the Morning Chapel, an outreach exhibition will bring together two of the most potent symbols of Remembrance – red poppies and puttees (the lower leg wrappings, worn by soldiers in two World Wars). Binding the Past to the Present Through Remembrance, on show from Thursday 25th October until Sunday 25th November is a Heritage Lottery funded project by local artist Suzie Gutteridge with Salisbury Cathedral’s Outreach team. It was inspired by puttees given to her by her late father, a former soldier.
Working with 15 community groups and volunteers to make the red felt, shape the poppies and build the artwork, Suzie has created a display of 100 poppy-covered puttees for the Cathedral. The puttees used were made by Fox Brothers and Co Ltd, a Somerset based company that supplied 8,000 miles of khaki cloth for clothing and 70,000 pairs of puttees per week for soldiers in the field during the Great War. The company is still in business today.
A partnership between BBC Wiltshire and the Cathedral to provide a series of films that will be shown on the Cathedral Cloister screen includes a community performance of Ivor Novello’s Keep the Home Fires Burning (first published in October 1914), and a guide to some of the stories behind the Cathedral’s World War 1 memorials, including the wooden crosses on the Cloister walls.
Pictured: Suzie Guttridge leads a community group working on Binding the Past to the Present and Salisbury Musical Society, photographs by Ash Mills; some of the First World War crosses in the Cloisters, Antic Disposition’s production of Henry V.