100 years on SS Mendi tragedy commemorated

Big Ideas have this week launched ‘The Unremembered: World War One’s Army of Workers’, to honour the courage and sacrifice of labourers from China, South Africa, UK and many other lands. A special commemoration event on the 17th February marked the centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi and the legendary courage of over 600 black South Africans who were travelling to serve at the Western Front and were drowned.

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Pocahontas 2017 launched by US Ambassador

Pocahontas 2017 is a public season marking the 400th anniversary of the presence in England of an extraordinary Native American woman who lived and died at the collision of two very different worlds. Her compelling story enables us to reflect on issues still relevant to us all.

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Communities marking the Somme Centenary through Living Memory

The Living Memory project 2016 has drawn to a close with over 200 events taking place across the UK this year to mark the Somme Centenary.
On 18th November 2016, the final day of the Somme Centenary more than 150 representatives 
of Living Memory groups met at Brookwood Military Cemetery to share their experiences of the Living Memory project.

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Living Shakespeare British Council essays released

Big Ideas Company have been working with the British Council’s Shakespeare Lives programme to bring together an exciting new partnership with the BBC World Service and the Open University. Exceptional public figures around the world wrote about an urgent contemporary issue in relation to the Works of Shakespeare.

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India Remembers launched in Delhi

Big Ideas Company, The United Service Institution of india (USI) and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) have this week launched the ‘India Remembers’ project to remember, honour and commemorate the valour and sacrifice of personnel of the Indian Armed Forces in conflicts, both before and after independence.

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