A stunning new bust of Wilfred Owen and a unique exhibition of children’s poetry from his time in the trenches form a remarkable double celebration at the Wirral museum dedicated to the Birkenhead-educated War poet.
The Wilfred Owen Story opened its doors on its famous namesake’s birthday (18th March) eight years ago. It has since become the touchstone for pilgrims in search of Wilfred’s childhood surroundings and the town’s influence on his life.
This year, to mark the centenary of both the tragic death of Owen and the end of World War One, the museum commissioned a new sculpture to commemorate the one-time Wirral schoolboy who is now recognised as the greatest war poet of all time.
Alongside the incredible marble likeness created by artist Anthony Padgett, is a poignant collection of poetry by schoolchildren written during the Great War itself, exhibited and curated for the very first time by local historian Lucy London.
The public are invited to come along to this historic unveiling and exhibition launch. It coincides with the inauguration of the Wilfred Owen Centenary Festival, organised by Birkenhead MP Frank Field.
The unveiling and Exhibition launch will take place at The Wilfred Owen Story on Saturday 17th March at 12 noon.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
The Wilfred Owen Story, 34 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE
For more information, call 07539 371925