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Television stars to appear at free travelling exhibition
Former Eastenders star Larry Lamb will help Midlanders delve into their past when the BBC's World War One at Home exhibition visits Wolverhampton on July 12 and 13.

The free, family-friendly event, which features hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions, is being held alongside The Wolverhampton and Black Country Show at West Park.

Wolverhampton and Black Country Show, Larry Lamb
World War One host: Larry Lamb

Visitors will be able to attend The Briefing Room hosted by BBC stars including actor Larry Lamb, who played Archie Mitchell in Eastenders, on July 12 and The One Show reporter Lucy Siegle on July 13.

Larry and Lucy will present a series of talks with expert contributors covering a host of World War One topics. Among the speakers will be record producer and railway aficionado Pete Waterman who will talk about the history of the railways during the conflict.

Visitors can volunteer to be put through their paces on an outdoor parade ground and learn about how medicine and communications were transformed during the war, including how carrier pigeons became an invaluable resource for sending messages.

There will also be the chance to be a war reporter and meet experts from Imperial War Museums to try and search for their families' connections to the war.

Wolverhampton and Black Country Show, World War One at Home
On tour: BBC's World War One at Home

Wolverhampton is one of eight venues hosting the World War One at Home tour, which is taking place throughout the summer.

Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, says: "It will be superb to have the BBC World War One at Home tour at our annual show in West Park. We were thrilled when we heard Wolverhampton was just one of eight cities selected to host event.

"We hope both young and old will come along to either find out more about what life was like during the First World War or to share their family connections with experts from the Imperial War Museum.

"At the same time they have got the rest of the Wolverhampton and Black Country Show to enjoy to make a great family day out."

There is a host of new attractions at 2014's Wolverhampton and Black Country Show including live entertainment on the Signal 107 Sound Stage.

Wolverhampton and Black Country Show, Boddog Lings Freestyle Motocross Team
Firm Favourite: Bolddog Ling's Freestyle Motocross Team

A talent show, a Banks's Beer Festival serving 16 real ales, a miniature steam railway and favourites like monster trucks, Gerrard Naprous and the Devil's Horsemen, Bolddog Lings Free Style Motorcross Team and Elaine Hill's sheepdog display will provide fun for all, as well as fairground rides and a variety of stalls.

Entrance to the City Show is 3 for adults and 2 for children aged between two and 16. Visitors to the show will get wristbands giving them access between both the show and the BBC World War One at Home tour, which on its own is a free event.

The BBC World War One at Home show runs from 10.30am-6pm on both days, with the City Show open from 11am-6pm.
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Why? The chance to find out more about World War One with BBC stars.
When: July 12 & 13, 2014
Phone: 0870 320 7000
Where: West Park, Wolverhampton
Cost: Free entry to World War One at Home, 3 (adults), 2 (children) for Wolverhampton and Black Country Show
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