Famous Fifty Exhibition

This page is where you can find out so much more about Coalville’s Famous Fifty.

The first 50 volunteers in WW1 to set foot on French soil. These men are the subject of a book called Fifty Good Men and True by author Michael Kendrick.

They were part of a project with Century of Stories who sought out local involvement of the community from where these men came from for individuals to respond to their stories.

The Hero Project CIC are taking these stories and with the help of hundreds of local people, and providing further research with the help of local volunteers into their lives.

We created a Coalville version of the ‘Terracotta Army’ which attracted the attention of the BBC who visited twice in two months.

In all over 1000 individuals were involved in creating the 50 life sized cutouts, floor and wall murals and extra activities from local schools, to community groups and businesses. On 11 November 2017 they assembled in Coalville Market Hall – along side the trenches, the bunker, the poetry wall, the Thinking Booth, Coalville Electric Theatre, and other spaces and had over 3000 visitors in the first two weeks. In December they moved to the Coalville Coop and on January 4th there was an official opening (see film link).

The local Council, British Legion, Central England Co-operative, Once We Were Soldiers and lots of local volunteers all made this happen – so thank you …

We hope to take them on tour in 2018 – they have just returned from a short visit to the Hepworth Wakefield as part of a public engagement conference – this went well so they are now available for other trips. They are planned for Ashby in May and hopefully to Leicester Cathedral in the Autumn and back to Hugglescote church where they set off from in October 1914.

Links to films – see The Hero Project TV on youtube for more…


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