THERE will be two days of diverse events at The Hive leading up to Armistice Day on Sunday.

All free to enter, they include films, commemorative lectures and poems, a specially created dance piece and the World War One bell tent, showing how soldiers lived at the time.

On Friday, the bell tent will be in the library's atrium with re-enactors from Discover History talking about the First World War at home and at the Front. The tent will remain in situ throughout Armistice weekend.

At 6pm, members of Dancefest’s Worcester Gifted and Talented group and Worcestershire Junior Youth Dance Company will give a free performance of When They Come Home.

The dance piece, created with choreographer Clare Wood, explores the support of the soldiers for each other during the war.

At 6.30pm there will be a free screening of the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme. Tickets must be pre-booked.

On Saturday, visitors can view the wall of handcrafted poppies, representing Worcestershire men and women who lost their lives in the Great War, and get involved with family activities, including poppy making.

From 1pm, Paul Hudson will talk on World War One research and, from 2pm, Gillian Roberts will be exploring stories from Worcestershire’s First World War featured in The People’s Collection. Sarah Ganderton will then talk about Worcestershire’s health and the war.

Visitors will also have the chance to hear a presentation of illustrated verse by Christine Shaw - inspired by interviews and stories filmed in the 1960s. At 4pm, there is another chance to view The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of The Tanks (1917).

Adrian Gregson, Worcestershire World War One Hundred project manager said: “Across Worcester over Armistice weekend there are many events and activities which people can participate in to mark the end of the Great War in the way that best suits them. It has been a huge honour to work with our partners countywide over the last four years to remember and commemorate Worcestershire’s War and we hope that our weekend of events goes some way to providing a fitting tribute to those who fought on the front Line and at home.”

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