Battle Lines

Exploring Havant’s History of Conflict
Your chance to tell us your stories about the impact conflict and wars have had on your family and the local area.

Every battle we fight helps us to see who we truly are.

Over the next six months The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre will be working with Forest Forge Theatre Company to gather real stories about war and its impact on Havant Borough residents. The stories will be used to inform three new short plays that focus on the experiences of the people and communities of Hampshire during the First World War, Second World War and modern warfare.

The completed plays will tour venues across Hampshire and will be performed at The Spring in March 2014.

Join us for one of our workshops that are designed to get our community talking about their experiences and family history in relation to conflict and to start a conversation.

All workshops are free.

Help us gather the stories that really matter.

Saturday 23 November, 10.30am – 12noon
The Unwritten Stories of Havant
An open session with Forest Forge’s David Haworth and Havant historian Steve Jones
Every community has stories that pass from generation to generation, and we want to hear your stories about Havant during wartime – from the people who went off to fight, those who stayed behind and those who ended up here.

Bring along a photograph or memento, share your family histories or find out more about the local area with Havant historian Steve Jones. We are interested in both the big stories and the everyday memories, but especially about how war affected you, your family and your neighbourhood during wartime.

This workshop is open to everyone and tickets are not required.

Tuesday 26 November, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Army Ancestors
A workshop led by Heather Needham, Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Do you have a soldier in your family tree? Do you want to find out more about him? Do you want to find out about the names on your war memorial, or how it was designed and built?
The first part of the workshop will reveal the many types of record which throw light on the careers of soldier ancestors, using an illustrated talk on the records at The National Archives, in your local Record Office and in regimental archives.
The second part of the workshop will look at War memorials and what they can tell us about military, social, and family history. We will look at how to find out more about the creation of war memorials and how to research the names on them through an illustrated talk on the records you can find and use in your local Record Office.
Forest Forge Theatre Company will also be there to hear any stories you might have about someone who features on your local war memorial or your experiences tracking them down.
This workshop is open to everyone and tickets are not required.

Saturday 11 January 2014, 10.30am – 11.30am
Family Drama Workshop
Family drama workshop led by Forest Forge Theatre Company

Families are invited to come along to a drama session with Forest Forge Theatre Company to explore and learn about the experiences of evacuees from World War II.

Many children were evacuated to the countryside of Hampshire, both from coastal areas along the south and bigger cities across the country. We’ll consider what it might have been like to leave your home, your family and everything that is familiar, but more importantly, we’ll explore the joys and surprises of being welcomed into a new home in a new community.

This engaging and dynamic workshop is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore our counties history in a way that is both eye-opening and heart-warming.

This is a workshop for children age 5+ and their families.
Please book your space in advance through the box office.