The Last Day of Peace

at Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon

Hinchingbrooke House will be transported back to 1914 this summer for a special Great War event commemorating the outbreak of the conflict.

The free family event, the Last Day of Peace, will use the former stately home as a backdrop  to host performances, exhibitions and music to create the spirit of 1914.

The event for people across Cambridgeshire will be held on 3 August from 1 pm – 5 pm. It aims to bring the history of this global event alive, bringing people face to face with life in Cambridgeshire and overseas during that time. There will be activities and performances for all ages, including:

  • Re-enactors – in costume – bringing alive the spirit of the Great War
  • The Music Hall Society performing music of the period
  • 20 minute music workshops transforming people into music hall stars
  • A World War One hospital  recreated  involving re-enactors to bring the realities of war home
  • The Combat Veteran Players fresh from  their performance at  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London performing short extracts of Hamlet and selected Rupert Brooke readings
  • Re-enactors from the Shorncliffe Trust in Uniform and armed!
  • Six exhibitions including photographs, documents and letters from Cambridgeshire, Belgium and France
  • Vignettes and reading of letters to and from the front
  • Children’s activities
  • Expert advice on family history from Cambridgeshire Archives
  • Refreshments on sale made by Hinchingbrooke House’s chef and catering team.

For more information contact Sally-Ann Greensmith by telephoning 01223 715613 or sending an email to sally-ann.greensmith@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

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