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SOME COMMENTS FROM OUR VISITORS' BOOK AT THE EXHIBITION...

“Excellent Presentation, another hidden gem in Birkenhead!” S Hinder, New Zealand

“Very good, instructive tribute to Wilfred Owen. I hope this keeps going with support” M Wilson, Birmingham

“Beautifully presented exhibition, really enjoyed it” H & T Chapman, Austria

“A lovely and moving tribute to the memory of one of the greatest war poets” Paul Gardner, Sheffield

“My journey here from America was more than worthwhile” Gerald F Luboff, America (New Jersey)

“Thank you for sharing this with us” Ann Kardas, Turkey

“A rare little gem of a museum telling a wonderful story” Peter Dunn, Genoa

“Inspirational, brave and unparalleled courage at, only one can imagine, such dark times. His words shine on forever” C Correy, Bebington

“Impressive and moving museum. Lest we forget” B & E Morris, Liverpool

“A wonderful commemoration”  D Boylan, Liverpool

“Insightful and emotional. Particularly liked the letters home to his mother” Julie and Olivia Thorton, Liverpool

“Thank you for this stimulating and provocative experience. The curator really brought this varied and interesting exhibition to life for me” J Cook, Heswall

“Thank you for this moving and informative tribute to such an inspiring war hero, so much for us to learn from Wilfred Owen” Paul, Charles and John Ainsworth, Manchester


Date: 10 October 2013 21:58

Sender: Paul Worsley (paulj_worsley_uk@yahoo.co.uk)

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I had the pleasure to talk to one of your 'Old Boys' earlier this week. For some reason we got on to the subject of the Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields. He explained to me what the MP Eric Pickles had decided. If you click on to the link for Mr Pickles you will see that he is encouraging his constituents to apply for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, in relation to the First World War. A bit further down the link you will also see that the money (If granted) should be used for, 'Conserving and finding out more about Memorials!' http://www.ericpickles.com/newsarticle.php?id=1976. How can Mr Pickles on one hand say one thing to you good people and something totally opposite to his own constituents? Good luck in the future on this important matter! Paul


Date: 16 May 2013 12:46

Sender: David Mabbutt (david@forgottenfootprints.com)

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I am an old boy of Birkenhead Institute, being there in the mid-late 1960's. Wilfred Owen was a big part of our schoolboy lives, learning about him in Mr Thornton's history lessons and studying in the Wilfred Owen library, seated below his striking portrait. Today I live near Skipton in Yorkshire and have not had the opportunity yet to visit Dean and his exhibition in my home town. I do however, have the utmost respect and admiration for what Dean has done in keeping the memory of Wilfred Owen alive and for his efforts in trying to prevent the audacious sale of Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields for proposed building of houses. I am not against progress, however, these playing fields were founded as a memorial for those 88 old boys of the school who laid down their lives for our freedom. For some years I lived in Normandy where I was curator of two museums dedicated to DDay and the battle of Normandy in 1944 and indeed, I still run battlefield tours to this area of France. Every village in Normandy has it's memorial to the French soldiers whom perished in the First and Second World Wars and the French Nation holds dear to it's heart, their sacrifice. Their sacrifice is never forgotten. We as a country should take a leaf out of the French nations book and do the same. I am shortly to visit Dean and his exhibition on Wilfred Owen and also, to pay a visit and my respects to the Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields. Wilfred Owen's wonderful yet agonising poetry, challenged the heroics and glory of war and has been instrumental in helping so many understand the realities of the slaughter of the First World War. Dean, keep up your good work to preserve the memory of Wilfred and his generation of young men who gave us our freedom of today - we must NEVER FORGET. David Mabbutt.  


Date: 22 June 2012 12:21

Sender: Mark Courtney-Massey (markcourtneymassey@hotmail.co.uk)

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I find this story both completely compelling and tragic in equal measure. A young man caught in the cross fire of his duty and his personal feelings. His example and courage in both should be held in high esteem.


Date: 28 June 2011 03:54

Sender: Jo Water (jowater@hotmail.co.uk)

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Visited the Wilfred Owen Story and found it a very moving experience. The place has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are very welcoming and informed. Excellent display commemoration Wilfred Owen.


Date: 21 March 2011 17:08

Sender: Peter Parsley (elkepeter.2911@hotmail.com)

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I HAVE BEEN A LONG TIME AWAY FROM MY HOME TOWN ,,,,BIRKENHEAD.I NOW LIVE IN BELGIUM,AND I HAVE SEEN THE FIELDS OF STONE.RECENTLY I AND MY GRANSON MATHEW TOOK A VISIT TO THE MENHEIM GATES IN YPRE.MY GRANDSON IS VERY LIKE ME INSOMUCH AS HE RESPECTS THE GREAT LOSS OF LIFE THAT WAS WW1.EVERY MONUMENT WE VISITED WAS EXTREAMLY MOVING .WE SEARCHED FOR OUR FAMILY NAME,AND FOUND IT ON COLUME 6 ON THE GATE ARCH.AS MY FAMILY NAME IS QUITE RARE,I WAS SUPRISED TO FIND THAT HE WAS A GREAT UNCLE OF MINE WHO,ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER SOLDIERS HAD DIED IN THE FIRST BATTLE OF YPRE.DESPITE THE FACT THAT I HAD NEVER MET HIM ,LET ALONE KNEW OF HIM ,A WAVE OF EMOTION WASHED OVER ME AND I CRIED LIKE A CHILD.I'M SORRY TO SAY THAT NONE OF MY FAMILY,SAVE MYSELF AND MY GRANDSON WERE EVER AWARE OF HIS EXISTANCE!I HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THE FIELDS OF STONE ,BUT WHEN WE WENT TO A VERY SPECIAL PLACE ,TRACING THE ROUTE OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE(WW11).IT WAS A GRAVE YARD CONSISTING OF WELL OVER A 100 STONES.I CRIED LIKE A CHILD ONCE MORE AS I WATCHED MY GRANDSON BRUSH AWAY THE DIRT ON EVERY ONE OF THOSE STONES,JUST TO MAKE SURE IT COULD BE SEEN. HE'S ONLY 16! BUT THAT LITTLE ACT SHOWED ME IT WAS'NT ALL FOR NOTHING THAT THOSE MEN HAD GIVEN THEIR ALL.


Date: 24 January 2011 08:56

Sender: Philip Ronald-Price (biwirral@yahoo.co.uk)

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I think it is really important to keep alive the memories of Wilfred Owen. It's good that Dean is brinigng Wilfred's heritage to the forefront in Wirral, as there is not enough about Wilfred's work known locally, or that he went to Birkenhead Institute. I've also set up a Flickr site for Wilfred Owen, which can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilfredowen. This site contains many items about Wilfred,the Birkenhead Insitute, and also several items courtesy of Dean Johnson.Dean's tribute to Wilfred Owen is a great portrayal of Wilfred's work and shows the horrors of war, and Dean's interpretation is excellent.