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Visit the Heritage Quarter

Come along to the Heritage Quarter as we mark the centenary year of the end of the First World War. Find out about battelfield heroism and a deadly coastal raid as we explore the impact of WWI on our town.

Heritage Guides

Heritage Guides

Speak to the Heritage Guides as they highlight some of the bravery shown by the local soldiers in the Great War.

Find out more about the Suffragette movement and use a polling booth to find out if you would have been eligible to vote in 1918. 

Norfolk Record Office

Norfolk Records Office at the 2017 Maritime Festival

The Norfolk Record Office will be on hand ready to give advice on tracing family history, including your ancestors' wartime roles.

Join in with craft sessions and help to build a wall of poppies.

Time & tide Museum

Time & Tide Museum at Maritime Festival 2017

Visit a wartime Nurse from the Time and Tide Museum who will be demonstarting how injured soldiers were treated. There will also be Great War objects to handle. 

Don't miss the chance to make a Suffragette badge! 

Mobile Cinema Bus

Mobile Cinema Bus

Step aboard Audrey, the mobile cinema bus to watch a film about the history of the Vintage Mobile Cinema plus some great films from the Pathe Archive connected with World War I and the Suffragette movement.

Last at the festival in 2016, Audrey attracted large queues so don't miss out!

Nigel Aimes

Nigel Amies, historical reenactor

See a historical renactor & learn about life in the Western Front trenches through the eyes of a Norfolk Regiment soldier.

Handle objects, equipment, weapons, hear songs, poems & see cartoons depicting the war.

Pearl's Poem

Pearl Allard, author of Pearl's Poem
Read Pearl's poem to the right. Pearl Allard, aged 80, is a local lady and supporter of the Maritime Festival.

Inspired by one of the Maritime Festival's themes this year, the commemoration of the end of the First World War, Pearl was inpsired to put pen to paper in memory of the soldiers that lost their lives in battle.

To know is to remember

A dark time in our history, now one hundred years old,
To our future generations, this story should be told.
When the world was at war, on the land, sea and sky,
No one chapter to choose from, so many reasons why.

Fighting for King and Country, joint forces risked their lives.
Brave young pilots in fragile planes, ruled and held the skies.
The Royal Navy protected the land, defending seas and ports,
While the Merchant Navy ferried supplies, giving support.

Troops returned from battle, what horrors they would tell.
Soldiers laid there injured, some dying where they fell.
Troops in rain-soaked trenches, soon fight side-by-side.
Many returned as heroes. Thousands of heroes died.

Future generations must be told, with any war…beware.
Some will return mentally scarred, in need of special care.
Charities like Help for Heroes, the success of Invictus Games,
Have inspired new military centres. Rehabilitation is their aim.

So read about Flanders fields, poppies and World War One.
Know why there’s a Remembrance Day, your duty will be done.
Two minutes of your silence, a poppy worn with pride,
Will show you know and remember, how many millions died.

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