Wilfred Owen in Scarborough

Sponsored By
TransPennine Express

The Wilfred Owen in Scarborough project consists of a site-specific art installation at Scarborough’s railway station and features a series of six podcasts.

Each of seven large windows at the station reveals a key aspect of the life of war poet Wilfred Owen, who spent half of the last year of his life in Scarborough.

Five arched windows at the end of the main train shed each illustrate an Owen poem written in the town, while two rectangular windows in the entrance hall provide glimpses of the two sides of young Owen, who worked and played here between 1917 and 1918.

A series of six podcasts has been created to accompany the window art installation. The first of these introduces listeners to Owen’s history, and to his secret life in the town, and was recorded on location at the station. Each of the other five podcasts focuses on a specific poem. We explain the imagery used in that poem’s arched window, and reveal fresh insights into Owen’s life and work.

The project is an artistic collaboration between landscape artist Kane Cunningham, theatre artist / researcher Dr. Paul Elsam, video artist / archaeologist John Oxley MBE FSA, and graphic designer Ben Cunningham.

The project has been created with generous funding support from Transpennine Express Community Rail Partnerships Growth Fund.

The installation at Scarborough Railway Station will be in place from 14th July 2021 to 6th September 2021.

Wilfred Owen