DH Lawrence Heritage in Eastwood, is the only official centre for DH Lawrence, winning the Best Visitor Attraction in the Nottingham Stars Awards in 2012 for its many visitor attractions. The Heritage Centre and Birthplace Museum are linked by the Blue Line Trail which features various DH Lawrence related sites. With a varied programme of events throughout the year they are truly a unique attraction and are at the heart of knowledge relating to this prominent literary figure.
Each year the the Heritage Centre produces an exhibition, and with the success of the work we produced for them last year asked us to work with them again to produce a set of 17 interpretation panels to mark the 100th year anniversary since the start of World War One and looks at how the war affected D.H. Lawrence, his life, work and those at home in Eastwood.
The exhibition was split into two sides. The first uses a range of material such as letters, photos and newspaper articles, the exhibition explores how the war affected his writings, from accusations of being a spy through to censorship and scandal surrounding some of his works.
The second side communicates how the war affected the general public of Eastwood on the home front at the time as they learned to deal with the realities of rationing, enlistment and being under attack.
“We had the exhibition preview last night. We had about 90 people there and the mayor opened it. It went really well and people loved the boards.”
This exhibition has had over 2000 visitors so far, helping DH Lawrence Heritage celebrate another successful year.
“I also wanted to say thank you for your great work. The exhibition looks great & we feel extremely pleased with it.”
“Distraction did a fabulous job, as ever, of understanding what we were after & making real the vision the curators had for the exhibition. It is an exhibition we felt very proud of & the design helped bring the amazing issues of Eastwood & Lawrence during WW1 alive.”
Some photos of the exhibition are below, but if you would like to see first-hand, the exhibition is open at the DH Lawrence Heritage Centre, Eastwood, and runs from 4th September – 2nd November 2014.