A permanent Wilfred Owen exhibition in Birkenhead

Posted: 24/01/2011 19:32 | News Home

The Wilfred Owen Story, a permanent commemorative exhibition of Wilfred's life and work, with an emphasis on his time Birkenhead is very proud to announce that they will be based at 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

Operating as a information centre and art gallery the Wilfred Owen Story will be the first designated cultural memorial to the poet anywhere in the North West.

It is situated on all major bus routes in the town, and is minutes from Hamilton Square Station (previously Woodside Central, where Wilfred’s father Tom worked as a station manager). 

Argyle Street is steeped in history: Wilfred learned to swim at the public baths there and No. 34 is in a terrace that received a English Heritage Blue Plaque, the site is grade 2 listed.

Work on the exhibition will begin this week and it will have its official opening on 18 March, Wilfred’s birthday.

The Wilfred Owen Story will feature regular art shows, plus poetry and music workshops and performances, and will encourage the community to find and use their voice to the same effect as the iconic figure that the building aims to honour.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Dean Johnson is seeking sponsorship to fund this project.  Alternatively, if anyone involved in the printing business could assist with I.T skills (website, video production etc.) he'd love to hear from you too. Dean would also love to hear your thoughts or idea's to help move the project forward.  Contact him at:

07944 398 794


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Military Cross and cigarette case - update

Posted: 23/01/2011 19:10 | News Home

The suspected theft has been covered by several local, national and some international newspaper, including The Shropshire Star, Daily Express, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Telegraph and The Times.  Peter Owen has also given radio and TV interviews, including this interview with ITN (search for Wilfred Owen).

Thank you to all the people who have taken the time to contact us and/or tweet this sad news.

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Wilfred Owen's Military Cross and cigarette case feared stolen

Posted: 13/01/2011 19:37 | News Home

Peter Owen, Wilfred Owen's nephew, believes that these items have been stolen from his house, sometime last year.

A brief description of the Military Cross and cigarette case follows:-

1) The Military Cross is engraved on the reverse side to Wilfred E.S. Owen and the Fonsomme Line, where he won the medal. It is boxed in a purple case together with the ribbon and a chain.

2) A cigarette case monogrammed with Wilfred Owens’s initials and a silver mark circa 1893, which is the date of his birth.

Whoever took these may try to sell either of them; his Military Cross in particular.

Mr Owen would be very grateful should anyone have any information. He can be contacted through the W.O.A website or


Cigarette case

Wilfred Owen's Cigarette Case


Military Cross

Wilfred Owen's Military Cross


Military Cross

Wilfred Owen's Military Cross

Military Cross

Wilfred Owen's Military Cross


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Gillian Clarke awarded Queen's gold medal for poetry.

Posted: 24/12/2010 09:33 | News Home

The national poet of Wales has been awarded the medal in recognition of her latest collection, A Recipe for Water, as well as her body of work.

Read more on the Guardian website (24 December 2010).

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The Great War Archive extends in to Germany

Posted: 21/12/2010 09:25 | News Home

Oxford University began the initiative when it asked people across Britain to bring family letters, photographs and keepsakes from the War to be digitised. The success of the idea – which became the Great War Archive – has encouraged Europeana, Europe’s digital archive, library and museum, to bring the German National Library into an alliance with Oxford University to roll out the scheme in Germany. The collaboration will bring German soldiers’ stories online alongside their British counterparts in a 1914-18 archive.

There will be a series of roadshows in libraries around Germany that will invite people to bring documents and artefacts from family members involved in the First World War to be digitised by mobile scanning units, and to tell the stories that go with them. There will also be a website allowing people to submit material online if they are unable to attend the local events. Everything submitted will also be available through Europeana, where it will add a new perspective to collections of First World War material from institutions across Europe.

Read more on the RunCoCo website.

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