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"Deborah" The World War One tank - Bovington Tank Museum

GRAHAM, Fiona and OTTEY, Paul (2018) "Deborah" The World War One tank - Bovington Tank Museum. Bovington Tank Museum.

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The practice based research showing the story of Deborah D51 was installed for a month for the public to view at the Royal Tank Regimental Museum in Dorset in the UK.

During this period 200,000 people visited and viewed.

The aim of the film was to contribute to the cultural enrichment of audiences and create new knowledge to help promote a wider understanding of the British and French communities involved with the preservation of a First World War tank in France.

Associate Professor Fiona Graham was the producer and director and SEnior Lecturer Paul Ottey was the camera operator. They built new relationships with communities to develop a narrative to engage communities in Britain about the lesser known story of Deborah a Mark IV tank. Self funded and with support from Erasmus and HEIF, she gained the support of family members of the tank's British crew, General Sir Andrew Ridgway, The Royal Tank Regiment and the tank's founder Philippe Gorczynski MBE along with many other organisations in France and the UK.

The new knowledge creation uses documentary form to engage the next generation about the First World War on many varied digital platforms.

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Additional Information: The interviews conducted with the relatives of those that fought in the Battle and, of course, with Philipe Gorczynski, who lives in Cambrai and found the lost tank Deborah buried on the battlefield; and the films that she made at Flesquieres, are an enormously valuable record of the creation of the Deborah Museum which is a wonderful artefact of this most important battle. The film is now being shown every day at the Tank Museum in Bovington and will have been seen by more than 200,000 visitors to the Museum during last year alone. It is seen as an enormously valuable asset of the Museum. General Sir Andrew Ridgway, Royal Tank Regiment.
Faculty: School of Computing and Digital Technologies > Film, Media and Journalism
Event Title: Deborah D51
Event Location: Bovington Tank Museum, Dorset
Event Dates: ongoing
Depositing User: Fiona GRAHAM
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2020 15:55
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:57
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