Every Friday from 1 July until 18 November 2016, the names of those who died in World War I from communities across Dorset and Wiltshire will be read out in the St Michael's Chapel between 12:15-12:30. On the 4 November these readings will take place under the WW1 crosses in the West Cloisters.
Two related evening lectures are also taking place. Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, author of In Defence of War, and an expert in the Christian tradition of 'just war' reasoning will be speaking on 'The Somme: Can it be Justified?' on Thursday 20 October. Another lecture will be given by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Chair of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London, Director of King’s Centre for Military Health Research and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists entitled 'Shellshock versus Cowardice on the Somme: The Life and Death of Private Harry Farr' on 9 November.
From 9 to 24 November the Cathedral is also hosting the 100 Hearts for 100 Years exhibition created by the Wiltshire branch of the Armed Forces charity, SSAFA. Four original ‘sweetheart pin cushions made by WW1 soldiers recovering from injury will be displayed along with replicas made for the SAFFA exhibition including hearts made by members of the Royal School of Needlework in the Morning Chapel.
Lt Colonel Neil Stace, a favourite on BBC TV’s Sewing Bee, will deliver a lecture on the use of sewing as therapy for soldiers 'Sewing on The Frontline' on 11 November and workshops making sweetheat pin cushions on 6 November.