Friday, 11 August 2017

The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective

The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective, to shed new light on the British Indian army’s role in the war on the ‘Eastern Front’ in Iraq (Mesopotamia), through a unique outreach programme and a touring exhibition.

Some of the group researching

The Indian Army in the First World War: An Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Perspective

Run time: 8min (Deaf and Hearing Impaired - Film Subtitled)

This film documents research being carried out by participants from the local Hindu, Sikh and Muslim community. Here they develop display panels for a  touring Museum exhibition.  They also access archive material previously unseen, and some not explored for 100 years or more.  Reflecting on the involvement of the Indian Army during WW1 .

Director: Sharon Woodward
Producers: Dr Priya Atwal, Stephen Barker

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire (SOFO) Museum and Oxford University’s History Faculty have jointly received funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council ‘Voices of War & Peace’ WWI Engagement Centre.

Exploring previously unseen archive
The final film will accompany the traveling exhibition at Wycome, Banbury as well as other museums. SOFO will launch a larger WW1 exhibition at Woodstock in 2018. 


The Indian Army in the First World War:
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Perspectives
Monday 6 - Thursday 30 November 2017

This mini-exhibition tells about the significant contribution made by India during the Great War. Over one million Sepoys volunteered and 74,000 were killed. British and Indian soldiers fought and died side by side between 1914-1918 when the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry fought as part of the Indian Army in Mesopotamia. This is their story, a history that we all share.

This exhibition has been produced by the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum and the History Faculty at Oxford University in partnership with Oxford community organization volunteers.

The mini-exhibition &  film screenings
6th to 30th November 2017 showing with exhibition  starting at  Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenu, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

6th December  to 8th January 2018 showing Banbury Museum, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury,  

It will later be displayed at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock from 1st to 30th April 2018.
Entry to the exhibtion is free at Wycombe abd Banbury, though an entry fee is required at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Family audeinces are welcome to attend and there will be special activities provided for children. 

Banbury Museum 6th December to 8th January 2018 

Festival Screening: 

2018 - January 24th & 25th Cortkino 2K18 Film Festival - Thakur College of Science and Commerce, Ram Singh Road, Mumbi, Maharashtra, India

2018 - March 7th -  Special Women's Open Screen at Film Oxford - part of International Women's Week

2018 - May 2-6 - The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival , Video Bar at Eugene Hilton Hotel and Conference Centre, Eugene, Oregon, USA.

2018 - May 9th - Official Selection of the Ridgewood Guild International Film Festival,  Bow Tie Cinema Warner Quad - 190 E Ridgewood Ave,  Ridgewood, NJ 07450 USA

2018 - May 3rd - Brookes University Documentary Club, Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington. Oxford UK

For more information see below:
Voices of War & Peace 
Eastern Eye 
Oxford Mail 
BBC India' WW1 

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