Four-day First World War programme planned for Boston

Michael Hallett at Boston Cenotaph
Michael Hallett at Boston Cenotaph

A four-day programme of events is being planned for the summer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The Boston Great War Commemoration aims to reflect on the history of the 1914-18 conflict and look at the stories of individuals from the borough who took part.

The project is the brainchild of former Boston Grammar School pupil Michael Hallett, who wants to work with schoolchildren to help them understand the significance and legacy of the war.

The history graduate has teamed up with amateur historian Don Jenkins as well as heritage groups and societies and aims to put on events around the first weekend of August – centring on an exhibition at Boston Drill Hall in Main Ridge West, where it is said people assembled before heading out to war.

Mr Hallett said “Plans are under way which will include, a display of museum quality which will tell the story of not only the local history, but also embracing the bigger picture during the war, placing the accounts into perspective.

“I also would like to get different nationalities involved with what their countrymen did, to portray a multi-dimensional exhibition.

“In addition there will be experts delivering mini-lectures on a variety of subjects.

“There will also be a chance for those wanting to find out more about their own family history at the event.

“A selection of artefacts, and equipment shall also be on display for visitors to interact with and explore.

“Other aspects of the exhibition, including war poetry and trench art are also envisaged, but as I said they are subject to change.”

Mr Hallett hopes to pay for the activities through personal funds as well as grants but said it will be free to attend.

He is now on the lookout for schools and teachers who want to take part in the commemoration to come forward and help get involved with First World War education workshops.

He is also looking for information, photos and artefacts to help with the exhibition, particulary anyone with information relating to the Red Cross hospitals.

On top of that Mr Hallett will try to contact people from Boston’s different nationalities to look at the conflict from their point of view.

Anyone wishing to contact Mr Hallett should email

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