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WW1 Armistice Day Heart Exhibition - 100 Year Anniversary

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When:

  • Sun 11 Nov ’18, 7:00am – 8:00pm

Where:

Pembroke Park, Ardmore St, Wanaka

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Website:

ww100

The 100 year anniversary for the signing of the Amistice agreement is being celebrated on the 11th November 2018.

Across New Zealand events are being held information on these events can be found on 100.govt.nz/armistice A community project has been underway since February 2018.

Culminating on the 11th November with an exhibition of 198 hearts in Prembroke Park, from dawn to dusk. Each heart has been handmade by locals and represents 198 people from the Upper Clutha area that served in WW1.

Hearts will be displayed in alphabetical order and have a short bio on each person. Entry to the exhibition is free, people can make donations to support the RSA Benefit Fund. Some hearts will also be on sale, for collection after the exhibition. We look forward to having people come now and reflect on the commitment of those that served during WW1 so that we may enjoy life today.

The sending of sweetheart pincushions from serviceman in rehabilitation units to family and sweethearts back home began at the end of the 19th century and continued in the start of the 20th century.

The tradition began in the nineteenth century with Queen Victoria. The Queen was an amateur practitioner of textile arts, who thought that soldiers might find quilting or needlepoint a great distraction while far from home. Queen Victoria felt homesick infantry posted abroad should be kept busy. So starting in India in the early 20th Century, trunks filled lace, beads etc. were shipped out to them.

They added regimental identification. The practice continued through the First World War. Soldiers would scavenge for needles and thread to embellish feed sacks. Later pillows were manufactured and could be bought as souvenirs. The cushion above is one of two held by The Stockport Museums Collections.

Some British soldiers stationed in India made quilts, and sailors in the Navy often extended their sail-making efforts to recreational needlework. In the First World War, soldiers often took up needlepoint as a way to pass the time while recuperating from war wounds, or used it as a form of occupational therapy.

These cushions were decorated with beads, sequins, bits of mirror, felt, and pre-printed panels memorializing soldiers’ regiments. The Imperial War Museum states that some such pillows were made out of commercially sold kits, while others were sewn using feed sacks and scrounged thread.

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