Articles tagged with: WWI

The Bulford Kiwi: The kiwi we left behind

on Thursday, 08 October 2020.

Book Review

The Bulford Kiwi: The kiwi we left behind by Colleen Brown, 2018
New Zealand: Bateman Publishing
ISBN 9781869539849
176 pages, paperback, includes index

The Bulford Kiwi Cover

The Kiwi story can be seen as a voyage of discovery, both for the author and for others who have been touched by the emblem and its place in history. Readers will be taken on a journey back to discover the causes for the emblem’s creation; political and personal.


The difficulties facing the New Zealand troops who were so very far from home during WWI and after are laid bare. There were also the practicalities of caring for the Kiwi as time passed. The role of the British Army, the New Zealand Government and the Kiwi Polishing Company are examined alongside the personal stories of the soldiers themselves, written home at the time. Disease, illness and an exacting military regime also had their part to play in the events that unfolded.


The Kiwi is an emblem forged of frustration and despair, cut into the landscape for the memory of those who had been lost. The author has shown that its future has been secured due to the respect and honour for those it stood for, who had already sacrificed so much.


The illustrations are interesting and well placed and the story is a good mix of factual data, interwoven with personal stories. It will prove particularly interesting to those who have seen the emblem and would like to find out more about its history and legacy, and to anyone interested in the history of the area and the part it played in WWI.

A captivating read.

Copies of The Bulford Kiwi (ref. BUR.353) are available to view at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and Salisbury Library, or to loan via Wiltshire Libraries, with one copy kindly donated by Collen Brown herself.

Julie Davis
County Local Studies Librarian
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

WSHC are encouraging young people to step back in time

on Thursday, 16 April 2015.

Young people are being encouraged to step back in time and learn dances from the First World War as part of an arts initiative to help bring the period to life. Wiltshire Council has been awarded £34,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Dancing Back to 1914 – a project combining dance with learning the social history of 1910 to 1920. Aimed at  12 to 19 year olds, there will be regular dance sessions in Tidworth, Trowbridge, Salisbury and Malmesbury to inspire young people, their families and communities to engage in sharing and learning about the social history of 1910-20, focusing on the First World War.

People wanting to learn the dances or become involved in preparing for performances including costume and stage design are being invited to attend. No previous dance experience is necessary. The project will include pop-up dances, performances and celebrations of learning and achievement which will be shared with peers, families and the wider community. The council through its Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership will work with Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre on the venture. As well as preparing dance performances, young people will gain an insight into social life during the decade by visiting museums and historic buildings, talking to inspirational people relaying stories from the time and reading letters from the frontline.

Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member with responsibility for heritage and arts said: “This is a unique way to bring a crucial period of time in our history to life for people living today. “By covering the whole decade we can understand how society changed during this time, what happened to people who went away and the changing role of women. I’m looking forward to watching this exciting project evolve.”  

The project will run for a year in term time only with performances in the summer, Christmas and spring 2016. Young people can sign up for one term or for the whole year. Venues are as follows:

Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street, Trowbridge, BA14 8EQ Starting Monday 27 April 2015 5.30-7.00pm  

Malmesbury Town Hall, Cross Hayes, Malmesbury, SN16 9BZ Starting Monday 27 April 2015 4.30-6.00pm  

The Dance Studio, Wellington Academy, Tidworth Road, Tidworth, SP11 9RR Starting Tuesday 28 April 2015 5.00-6.30pm  

Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury SP1 3UT Starting with a taster session on Thursday 7 May 2015 Weekly classes start Thursday 4th June 2015 7pm to 8:30pm  

Those wanting to sign up for the project can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership is part of Wiltshire Council and works with young people and children to enrich lives through accessible and high quality arts activity. http://www.wyap.org.uk/metadot/index.pl

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