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Learning to Fly: A display of poetry about World War I by local people with a vision impairment

Type:   Event / Exhibition (temporary)

Location:   Guildford Museum, Guildford Museum, Castle Arch, Guildford, Surrey, England, GU1 3SX.

Date:   01 January 2018 - 31 January 2018


This autumn Guildford Museum worked with Arts Partnership Surrey and Sight For Surrey on a poetry project as part of the ‘Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers’ archive project. Local people with a vision impairment had the opportunity to find out about the experience of Surrey people in World War I, handle original artefacts and listen to inspiring stories. The sessions were led by professional poet Talia Randall who helped participants create several different types of poems based on the history they had discovered. Participants also joined together for a special session with students from the vision impairment unit at Woking High School.

The haikus (a type of short poem) created by the participants are now available for visitors to enjoy in the Discovery Lounge at Guildford Museum. They are available in audio, large print and Braille formats.

The final poems, along with those written as part of other projects across Surrey, will also provide inspiration for a piece of sound art to go on display at Brooklands Museum in 2018.

Suitable for Everyone

Admission Free entry to Guildford Museum

Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 5pm (last entry 4.45pm)

Registration N/A

Concessions N/A


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