The Remembrance Centre

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The National Arboretum - heroes Square

Heroes Square

Today at the National Memorial Arboretum, part of The Royal British Legion, the Arboretum’s £15.7 million Remembrance Centre opens.

In the centre is an interactive exhibition providing a preview of the Arboretum and an introduction to the concept of Remembrance. The Timeline allows people to explore how the practice of Remembrance has evolved over time – from historic rituals associated with burial mounds, to modern day services on key dates throughout the year.

Projected onto multiple screens inside ‘The Drum’ a film follows the seasons and explores why remembering is an important human need that spans the millennia.  In an impressive interactive sequence, the footsteps of visitors will cause digital leaves to be swept aside to reveal swathes of poppies, and people will have the opportunity to record and upload their own stories to a new national archive through a unique Memory Booth.

a memorial at the National Arboretum

one of the 330 memorials

Adjacent to the centre is a new landscaped area to explore, Heroes’ Square, featuring commemorative paviors, engraved with cap badges or crests of the Royal Navy, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and City Livery Companies. A new sensory play garden, full of textures, scented foliage, and natural materials, offers another way to engage younger visitors, and will be opening today to coincide with half term for local schools.

The National Memorial Arboretum is a large place to visit and it’s easy for hours to fly be as you just walk around.  There are 330 memorials on site so watching the film will make it easier for time-conscious visitors to concentrate on their interests. Although there is an audio guide with new interpretation and content the film is a necessary start in my view.

Situated on land gifted by Tarmac, the Arboretum is also home to the striking  By the way, the Armed Forces Memorial* which commemorates those who have been killed on duty or as a result of terrorism from the end of the Second World War to the present time is closed at present for improvement work but will re-open early next month

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