Visitor Centre and Database for WWI Internment

I am delighted to announce a 3-day conference to launch a new ‘Centre for WWI Internment’. This conference, entitled ‘Knockaloe, a local, national, global perspective’, is to be held on 28th – 30th March 2019 at Patrick Old School and Knockaloe Farm, in Patrick Village, on the Isle of Man. The timing of the conference coincides with the centenary of when the last internees finally left Knockaloe internment camp in 1919.

This WWI internment visitor centre has been four years in the making. A registered charity was set up; Professor Panikos Panayi, of De Montfort University, onboard as academic adviser; support received – via the “Centre for Hidden Histories: Community, Commemoration and the First World War” – from major UK universities; interpreted walks around Knockaloe site created, utilising an ‘app’ as well as a guidebook; the old village school building – opposite the Knockaloe Camp entrance – renovated into the Visitor Centre and an Internee Database developed via information received from people all over the world. The organisers are to be applauded for their determination in bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

The aim of the conference is not only to launch the Visitor Centre and Database but to bring together academics, historians, the local community and – most of all – you: the descendants of any WWI internee – to ensure that your internee ancestors will never be forgotten. Peter and I are attending and hope to see many of you there.

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Jenny Towey, VP.