Actor Larry Lamb and The One Show reporter Lucy Siegle will appear at the BBC World War One At Home Tour when it heads to The Rhyl Air Show on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August from 10am-6pm.
This free family-friendly event will include hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions designed to appeal to everyone from eight to 80.
Larry Lamb will host the Briefing Room, on Saturday, with Lucy Siegle taking up the reins on the Sunday. They’ll be presenting a series of enlightening talks with expert contributors covering a whole host of World War One topics.
The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the dramatic impact the war had on families and communities, as well as helping people to explore their own relatives’ links to the war with Imperial War Museums’ ‘Lives of the First World War’ activity.
Visitors can volunteer to be put through their paces on an outdoor Parade Ground and children can take on Harriet’s Spy Quest as they try to solve a series of clues around the site, an activity inspired by CBBC drama Harriet’s Army.
People can also learn how medicine and communications were transformed during the war, including demonstrations of how carrier pigeons were an invaluable resource for sending messages. They can try using Morse code, Semaphore, Field Telephones and radio equipment with the help of The Royal Signals Museum. The Royal College of Pathologists will show how developments in science helped to save the lives of injured soldiers, whilst the Cavell Nurses’ Trust will demonstrate the role of World War One nurses.
And the National Federation of the Women’s Institute, Wales, will show visitors the vital role played by women during the war. The first ever Women’s Institute in Britain was formed in 1915 in Llanfairpwll, to encourage women to grow and preserve food to help increase the food supply to our war torn nation. Visitors to the event can take part in a host of wartime domestic activity including cooking recipes in a haybox cooker, turning cream into butter and making remedies for ailments using foraged ingredients.
Larry Lamb said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in BBC Learning’s World War One commemorative events around the UK. As someone who finds history fascinating, I’m learning more about how The Great War touched the lives of people both on the Home Front and on the battlefields of Europe. I’m talking to a host of well-known faces from the world of journalism, literature, and television, and together with a panel of local experts we’re discovering what life was like during this unforgettable conflict.”
For a full list of BBC World War One At Home Tour dates and venues as well as World War One programming on the BBC visit bbc.co.uk/ww1. For more information on Rhyl Air Show go to www.rhylairshow.co.uk