Gilbert & Gordon project coming to Oswestry as part of Heritage Open Days

Gilbert & Gordon project coming to Oswestry as part of Heritage Open Days
Local News
Posted on 11 Aug 2017

A public participation project called ‘Gilbert & Gordon: Then All The World Could See How In Love We Are’ that takes its title and inspiration from love letters exchanged between two WWII soldiers, Oswestry-based Gunner Gilbert Bradley and Infantryman Gordon Bowsher is coming to Shropshire as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The project seeks to recognise and celebrate the diversity of love within communities in 2017 by creating a commemorative diamond ring from the ashes of burned love letters written by members of the public.

In 2018, following a public ceremony the ring will be presented to Oswestry Town Museum to be displayed in the museum’s exhibition for ‘all the world to see’. It is hoped that the ring will serve as a ‘symbol of the diversity of love experienced in 2017’ and a ‘tribute to the love Gilbert and Gordon, and many like them, were never legally allowed to express in their lifetimes’.

The weekend project takes place at Oswestry Town Museum between Thursday 7 September until Sunday 10 September.

Thursday sees a midday flame lighting ceremony by former Flight Lieutenant Caroline Paige, the first openly transgender officer to serve in the RAF. Whilst Saturday allows you to see the letters up close and personal with a talk from curator Mark Hignett of Oswestry Town Museum at 2pm. Then at 7:41pm on Sunday, there is a flame extinguishing ceremony.

For more information about the project, visit Heritage Open Days.


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