Tickets for a year-long exhibition commemorating Alexandra Palace’s vital role in the First World War will be available for £1 on Alexandra Palace’s website from Monday 18 August.
The exhibition, which received £59,400 in financial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in September 2013, will tell the People’s Palace’s little known role in the WWI’s war, first as a refugee centre for displaced Belgian citizens and later as an internment camp for German and Austrian ‘enemy aliens’.
Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive for Alexandra Palace said: “With so many eyes looking to Europe to commemorate the Great War in this centenary year, we wanted to tell the little known story of war on the home front at, Alexandra Palace.
“The exhibition will open to the public on 22 September, 100 years after the first Belgian refugees began to arrive at the Palace having fled following the German invasion of their homeland.
“We hope this exhibition will demonstrate the profound impact the thousands of refugees and prisoners at Alexandra Palace during that time had on the local community.
“Their story will be brought to life using an archive of contemporary paintings of internees in the Park and Palace, documents, photographs and artefacts. As a story of the consequences of war, it has great resonance and impact today.”
The historic items which will be on display have been assembled from across the UK and will be reunited at the Palace for the first time since the war 100 years ago.
To deliver this project, Alexandra Palace has worked with a range of cultural partners including Middlesex University, the Imperial War Museum and Bruce Castle Museum.
Middlesex University has developed a short film as part of the exhibition which will tell the story of the internees imprisoned at Alexandra Palace, using paintings, original photographs and film footage and the words of the prisoners themselves from memoirs and letters.
They have also created a digital App for smart phone users. The App will take pupils and visitors back in time at a number of the Park and Palace’s historically significant locations and will visually display what internees did there using digital imagery and descriptions.