Somme battle film shown at Beverley venue

Footage from the Battle of the Somme film, which is showing at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 23 July.
Footage from the Battle of the Somme film, which is showing at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 23 July.

As the country continues to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, military historian Andy Robertshaw will be visiting Beverley to show the original film of the battle.

To accompany the ‘Remembering the Somme’ free exhibition, now open at the Treasure House in Beverley, Mr Robertshaw will be at the Memorial Hall in Lairgate, Beverley, on Saturday 23 July at 2pm.

He is a unique military historian who makes the past come alive on television, digging up history in a trench, guiding battlefield tours, or bringing the past to life at various events.

Andy will be narrating the original film of the Battle of the Somme, with a talk based on 30 years of examination of the film in forensic detail, including lip reading the silent film and examination of the events featured to determine the facts behind them.

He will also talk about the ‘fake’ sequence in the film and exposes previously unknown aspects of it, including reconstruction done on the battlefield before the battle.

The film is shown in schools to pupils in Year Nine and above and is regarded as being suitable for children aged 13 plus.