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The Wilfred Owen Story

December 10th 2018    Category: General

The museum was opened eight years ago and remains the UK's only permanent exhibition dedicated to the World War One war poet.

Presenting the award, Paul Smith, the chairman of The Wirral History And Heritage Association, declared that the honour was 'very well-deserved', and was in recognition of The Wilfred Owen Story's commemoration of the poet’s formative years spent in Birkenhead.

Owen's father Tom was station master at Birkenhead Central Station and the family spent 9 years in the town, where Wilfred was educated at The Birkenhead Institute. They occupied 3 houses in the area that still stand today. This period was the longest Wilfred Owen spent anywhere in his short life which ended tragically a week before the end of World War One.

Upon receiving the award, the museum's founder Dean Johnson said, "I am so proud to receive the Wirral Horn Award, and it is a wonderful recognition of the dedication of our volunteers."

"During the recent Wilfred Owen 100 Festival, The Wilfred Owen Story became the natural information and resource hub for many of the events taking part.

"When we opened 8 years ago, Owen's heritage in the Wirral was not celebrated to any level at all. I am very proud to think we have helped a little in his increased prominence now, and as a pupil of the Birkenhead Institute, I never thought one day I would be awarded for helping to keep our most famous old boy's legacy alive."

A huge well done from the WOA to all involved. For more information on the museum, contact 07539371925 or vist the website here.

*FREE ADMISSION*
The Wilfred Owen Story
34 Argyle Street
Birkenhead
CH41 6AE

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