Since 2014, Kirkby Gallery & Prescot Museum have been working in partnership with 33 Signal Squadron at Alamein Barracks in Huyton, sharing knowledge and expertise. We have now launched another fascinating collaboration with 33 Signal Squadron next week: Picturing 100 Years.
This exciting new project is being delivered in recognition and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Corps of Signals, whilst also serving to address some real and current social issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a collaborative community project between 33 Signal Squadron and the Culture Service of Knowsley Council, funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Forces Communities Together Programme.
100 Culture and Storytelling Boxes of art materials and practical resources will be distributed in the Armed Forces community and the Royal Signals Association, to create artwork, poetry and creative writing which will be displayed at Kirkby Gallery alongside objects from the Reservists’ Collection. A film of the exhibition will be made featuring Captain Bob Dobson and the participants, and will be available online in December.
2014’s Local Heroes, Distant Voices exhibition told the stories of soldiers from the Knowsley area in WWI through to the present day. It was part of Preserving the Past with the Present for the Future, another project supported by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund. Prescot Museum staff worked at Alamein Barracks to help document and care for the Reservists’ Collection; oral histories were captured from veterans, military personnel and their families.