In this week’s instalment of our A-Z of The Great War we reach the letter O and find out how young offenders at Lancaster Farms have remembered the First World War.
Paintings of camouflage tanks, a life size sculptural representation of soldiers in a flooded dugout surrounded by copies of letters from the trenches are part of an art exhibition with a difference. This artistic tribute to the First World War has been put together by inmates of the Lancaster Farms Youth Offenders’ Institution.
Inmates have been learning about of the history of the war that claimed the lives of more than 16 million people across the globe with the help of the Farms’ Education Department.
“The Education Department is committed to aiding rehabilitation of offenders and encourages active participation in the arts as a means of self expression, confidence building and developing a sense of worth,” said Jane Dunning-Lewis, deputy Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service manager. “It provides a channel for their artistic talent and explores sides of themselves that they never knew existed or had previously been unable to reach.”