114 Empty Chairs – We will remember them

At 10am this Saturday 3rd November Daventry Museum will be opening the Empty Chair display, a community project which remembers all the 114 Daventry Soldiers who fought and died during World War One.

Daventry Museum invited local schools and community groups to make and decorate 114 small, model chairs, each one representing one of the 114 Daventry soldiers who died. Over 30 local schools and community groups have taken part in the project.

Every chair will have a certificate of authenticity, with the name the lost soldier written in calligraphy, and a poignant poem on the reverse by local poet, Maggie Evans.

These unique chairs will be then be given to those who wish to remember a soldier by promising to set an empty seat at their table on Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018.

This Saturday between 10am and 4pm visitors will be able to reserve one of these soldier’s chairs from a list of the soldier’s names at the museum. After Remembrance Sunday on the 11th November members of the public are able to collect their reserved chair to remember the fallen.  If you wish to reserve a chair then please get in contact with the museum via the details below.

Alongside the Empty Chair display, members of the public will be able to see the World War One Commemorative Exhibition which features the medals, memorial plaques and items lent to the museum by the families of the Daventry soldiers.

Exhibits also include photos of Daventry soldiers who lost their lives, together with a map of Daventry highlighting where these soldiers lived. This display is extremely poignant as it demonstrates how much this loss of life would have impacted upon a small community during the Great War.

Museum Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 1.30pm and  the first Saturday of the month from 10am to 4pm.

On Sunday 11th November the museum will be open from 11.30am to 2.00pm as part of Remembrance Day.

To find out more about the museum’s World War One Centenary Commemorations please get in touch by contacting 01327 301246 or emailing museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk or by visiting the museum at 3 New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BT.