“The Kaiser’s Pickelhaube Used as a Gazunda”: The Shakespeare Hut Project

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Next Tuesday (10th May) from 1:30pm to 3pm, Millman Street Community Centre will host the second of two workshops by Digitaldrama, commemorating the centenary of the YMCA Shakespeare Hut.  Located on the corner of Keppel Street and Gower Street in Bloomsbury, the site is now the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Originally planned as the site of a theatre to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the start of WW1 in 1914 put paid to that, yet the hut was still built in a mock-Tudor style.  It billeted soldiers on their way to the frontline of the Great War.

Members and all local people are invited to share their family stories of the First World War at the reminiscence workshop at Millman Street Centre.  If you have any photographs or WW1 memorabilia, or even any apocryphal tales of (for instance) great-granddad keeping a downed zeppelin in the shed, or Kaiser Willhelm’s pickelhaube being used as a gazunda by British squaddies after the signing of The Armistice, please bring them along..

The first workshop at Millman Street Centre featured a talk, and taped audio interviews (brought in by the people at Digitaldrama) with family members of those who lived through WW1.

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Members at the first workshop

For further details, please contact Alison via:

Alison@Digitaldrama.org or Tel: 07525 205148

Photo by Sarah; report by Notes Smudger

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