Honouring the past at the National Memorial Arboretum

Venue: National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
Date: 05 May 2018

Naval Services Memorial

May’s Reader Club trip is set to take in the highlights of the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire – will you be joining us?

There is a lot to see and inspire at the National Memorial Arboretum where history from World War One onwards is preserved in 150 acres of beautiful wooded parkland. The free-to-enter site contains more than 350 memorials for military and civilian associations, amongst 30,000 maturing trees. There’s also a Remembrance Centre that features informative exhibitions to explore.


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This familiarisation trip is free and includes…

   • A Daily Act of Remembrance service and a welcome talk

   • Guided tour

   • Two course lunch

   • Free time and audio guide

There is a lot to see and inspire at the National Memorial Arboretum where history from World War One onwards is preserved in 150 acres of beautiful wooded parkland. The free-to-enter site contains more than 350 memorials for military and civilian associations, amongst 30,000 maturing trees. There’s also a Remembrance Centre that features informative exhibitions to explore.

The Group Leisure and Travel Reader Club Trip, taking place on Saturday 5th May, promises to bring this remembered history to life. It’s one of the only places in the UK to observe a Daily Act of Remembrance, and upon arrival at the Arboretum at 10.30am, Reader Club visitors will have the opportunity to attend this service and the 20 minute welcome talk which follows.

The Armed Forces Memorial

Pictured: The Armed Forces Memorial.

Then a 45-minute guided walk around the site will give you the opportunity to discover some of the stories and symbolism behind the memorials at the Arboretum. The range of memorials is vast, ranging from the iconic Armed Forces Memorial, which bears the names of more than 16,000 Service personnel who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism since World War Two, to the reconstructed Bastion Memorial. This is based on the design of the former Bastion Memorial Wall built in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

Other memorials of interest include the Burma Railway memorial which is built from 30-metres of original track; the Naval Service Memorial constructed from coloured glass, used to represent the seas of the world; and the Football Remembers memorial, designed by ten-year-old Spencer Turner, which commemorates the 1914 Christmas Truce held in No-Mans-Land.

A two-course seasonal lunch, freshly prepared at the Arboretum, will be served following the walk. As tea and coffee are served, a member of the Arboretum’s team will share information about forthcoming events and activities. Future visits to the site can be timed to coincide with hundreds of events that are hosted in the grounds each year, including Armed Forces Day; Remembrance Sunday / Armistice Day commemorations; and Carols by Candlelight. Worth noting for 2018 is that visitors will also be able to take part in activities to mark the centenary of the end of World War One and 100 years since the formation of the Royal Air Force.

Following lunch, and prior to your departure, free time will be allocated to exploring the Arboretum’s Landscapes of Life exhibition or the Arboretum’s grounds with an audio guide at your leisure.

Watch the video below for more of an insight into what the Arboretum has to offer:

 

Itinerary

Saturday 5th May

10.30am Arrival at Arboretum

10.50am - 11.20am Daily Act of Remembrance Service and welcome talk

11.30am - 12.30pm Guided walk around the site

12.30pm - 2pm Two course lunch and a presentation from a member of the Arboretum team

2pm - 4pm A visit to the Landscapes of Life exhibition / free time to explore the Arboretum with an audio guide

Itinerary is subject to change and timings are approximate.

 

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