The first project organised by the East Twickenham Centennial Group is about the story of the First World War Belgian Refugees in the area. It is part of the programme of events across the country to mark the centenary of World War 1 and has three parts:

  • Helen Baker and Val Coltman are researching the history of the Belgian refugees - how they got here, their lives in the borough, their impact on the borough - and of the Pelabon munitions works. They'll be publishing articles revealing what they find and will produce a local history booklet. Click here to find out more about the history of the refugees.
  • the Group want to commission a new public work of art to commemorate the story of the refugees; the plan is for a carved stone memorial to be placed in Warren Gardens, very near the site of the Pelabon works. To find out more about the proposed work of art, and how you can help us get funding for it - no money or time needed on your part! - click here.
  • the Group will be producing an original drama performance based on the lives of the refugees and on poems, songs and music written about the Belgians. Look out for more details of this during 2015.

As the project progresses, we will update these pages. Look out also for news stories like these:

 If you have any information that might be useful to the project or would like to help in any way, please contact Helen by email via