Ipswich and the Armistice is a community project, funded by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, that explores how local people responded to the ending of the war in Ipswich at the time and how, today, local people feel about the First World War one hundred years later.
As with many towns at the end of the First World War, the people of Ipswich and the surrounding area wanted to reflect on, remember and commemorate the struggle of the previous four years. Over 10,000 men from Ipswich took part in the First World War, of which 1,481 died with many more being injured.
By the end of the war, local people felt there should be a lasting memorial to the conflict and a public subscription campaign was launched; raising over £50,000 (£2.1m today). This outpouring of public giving resulted in Ipswich building both a permanent War Memorial in Christchurch Park as well as adding a Memorial Wing to Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital.
This project is led by artist Tracy Satchwill, who will be creating a collage animation exploring the war. This artist-led community project aims to uncover hidden family stories about the end of the War.
About the project
During the project, Tracy met with many people around Ipswich, including holding workshops at schools and care homes.
Tracy created an animation, made from the stories and feedback of the students, care home residents and local people she has spoken to. The video will be installed within the Ipswich at War gallery at Ipswich Museum and be sent to schools within the Ipswich borough.
You can view the animation online here.