This exhibition is one of a series of events which are part of Sheppey Promenade 2018 Year-long Arts & Heritage Festival.
We launch the Festival by examining the changing nature of theatre during the First World War. The exhibition outlines the challenges faced by home front theatres, the theatre industry's support for the war effort, and the ways in which performance such as Music Hall changed during the wartime period. It also explores the role of cinema during the First World War, both at home and at the Front. The exhibition combines a Theatre one written by Dr Helen Brooks and a Cinema one written by Dr Emma Hanna, both from the Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre at University of Kent.
To complement this, we will be including Theatrical photographs by Sheppey photographer Lilian Mason.
Lilian was an apprentice at age 17 to the well-known Sheppey photographer John Griffiths in the early part of the 20th century. She went on to become very successful in her own right.
We have a collection of over 300 of her evocative photographs of family portraits, local drama productions & Island postcard scenes.
We are keen to find out if there are any local families who recognise the people in the photographs to help us tell the stories.
For further details:
Facebook: Sheppey Promenade page and Rose St Cottage of Curiosities page.
Website: www.rosestreetcottage.co.uk Contact Tel No: 07775 712306
Sheppey Promenade 2018 thanks Gateways to the First World War & Heritage Lottery Fund for their support for this project.