Wilfred Owen's War

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) is widely recognised as one of the greatest voices of the First World War. His self-appointed task was to speak for the men in his care, to show the 'Pity of War'.

Owen's enduring and influential poetry is evidence of his bleak realism, his energy and indignation, his compassion and his great technical skill.

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Wilfred Owen
Battle of Vimy Ridge

WOW Zone

The WOW Zone was awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £5,000 from Archives+ in Manchester to deliver a unique project which enabled 11-19 year olds to discover through poetry what life in the trenches during World War 1 would have been like.

The WOW Zone is Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s learning centre based at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Innovative learning programmes are delivered on site where Young People use the latest technology as a platform to enhance their learning and thrive in a positive environment. The WOW Zone provides opportunities for personal, social, educational and emotional development of local children and Young People.

The idea was initially prompted last summer by a suggestion by Wythenshawe’s late MP, Paul Goggins, who thought it would be great for Young People in Wythenshawe to have the opportunity to reflect on this year’s WW1 centenary.

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