APT Gallery, London 2015

Throughout 2013-15, Eyesociation worked with Age Exchange, across London, to record interviews with members of the London public. The focus was on how families were affected by the conflict then, and across subsequent generations. People shared immensely moving personal histories, passed down from within their family. Together, Age Exchange and Eyesociation worked in partnership with many fine organisations to carry out open days, recording 130 interviews, as well as digitalising 5300 personal letters, photographs and period artefacts, brought by interviewees to the activity. This unparalleled collection of Londoners' family First World War histories will rest with the international archive Europeana 1914-1918, for the learning of future generations. These personal stories of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts from across the Home Front, the battlefields, skies and the sea, inspired our dual-screen installation, as well as a new play.

Best viewed fullscreen. Duration 50:38


Children of The Great War – An Installation by Simon Puriņš and Ivan Riches

APT Gallery, London 2015

APT Gallery, London 2015

APT Gallery, London 2015

The ongoing artwork premiered, in its 'dual-screen' format, at The Bridewell Theatre, London, August 2014
and in its 'single-screen' cinema format, at The British Film Institute Southbank, London, October 2014.

It was finally completed in January 2015 and has been shown at: APT Gallery, London; Alexandra Palace, London; Vestry House Museum, London; The University of Oxford; The University of Essex

Funded by:
Age Exchange & Heritage Lottery Fund. Supported by: Imperial War Museum Centenary Partnership & Europeana 1914–1918

Archive film footage and photography: Imperial War Museum, In Flanders Fields Museum, Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D) Archives

This artwork is not for public showings, exhibitions or events without prior permission.

Copyright © All Music by Ivan Riches 2015
Copyright © Age Exchange, Simon Puriņš and Ivan Riches 2015