It’s time to search your attic and dust off those photo album’s as World War I comes to life in Preston.
The Musuem of Lancashire is joining forces with Europe’s digital library to compile a comprehensive database of memorabilia to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War.
“There is a lot of material not in the public domain,” says Jonathan Purday, Senior Communications Advisor with Europeana. “It might never be seen or saved for posterity.”
A roadshow on Saturday March 10 at the Museum of Lancashire aims to collect as many of your WWI artefacts as possible. Experts will be on hand to digitise your material and add your details to the online archive. Staff will also be able to record your stories.
“What we want is personal memories, artefacts and pictures. the reality of the war for the local area,” says Jonathan.
As part of a Europe-wide roadshow, Preston was chosen to host the UK leg due to its involvement and sacrifice during the conflict; mills made uniforms and furniture companies built aircraft wings. Over 2,000 local men died.
The museum, which re-opened last November after a £1.7m refurbishment, also has the added bonus of a WWI trench and numerous wartime and other local exhibitions for a fascinating family day out.
As Stephen Miller, outreach officer says, “My great-grandfather was only 18 when he signed up and went on to receive a medal for bravery. I never even knew until I asked my Dad to have a look.”
The roadshow will be held at the museum, Stanley Street, Saturday, March 10, between 10am and 5.30pm.
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