The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys project is led by Professor Stephen Dixon from Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Stephen’s large-scale monumental clay head Resonate sculpture, commemorating the soldiers of the North Staffordshire Regiment in the Great War, was featured in last year’s 2015 British Ceramics Biennial. Stephen has been working with film-maker Johnny Magee and volunteers, students and schoolchildren over the last year producing new ceramic work inspired by objects, photographs and documents relating to WW1, from archive and museum collections in Staffordshire for a touring exhibition Resonance, evolving at each new venue.
The Lost Boys project builds on Stephen’s work through Resonance and Resonate and will reveal the stories and memories of those under age soldiers from the North Staffordshire Regiment during WW1. At the outbreak of the war, the legal age limit for armed service overseas in the British Army was 19 years, yet by the end of the war an estimated 250,000 underage soldiers between the ages of 14 and 18 had signed up for or seen active service.
"This project, involving access to significant Staffordshire Great War archives aims to reveal new insights into the under-researched phenomenon of boy soldiery in the First. The Lost Boys is funded by Manchester Metropolitan University through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and supported by The Clay Foundation through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, with additional support from the North Staffordshire Regiments.' Professor Stephen Dixon.