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 helped by hundreds of local people created an exhibition – The Famous 50 which has to date (June 2018) had over 5000 visitors.

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 …

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 (Click here to link to film).

They have been on lots of tours already in 2018 – including a short visit to the Hepworth Wakefield as part of a public engagement conference – 2 weeks at Ashby, St Helens Church, and then to Market Bosworth Art festival. They are currently in Wigston – returning in September to the North West corner of Leciestershire take a tour in Moira before returning to Coalville and Hugglescote in October. In December they are on their travels again to Hinckley – this time to an art gallery !

Now you can also get involved in something else to create a lasting legacy to each soldier – all 50 will have their own geocache as part of a Famous 50 Geocache Series – click here to find out more…

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


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