Free training to research First World War heroes

STUDY: Charlotte Steels
STUDY: Charlotte Steels
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Museums and archives in Preston are offering free training for volunteers to research local First World War heroes.

The St Mary’s project will explore the stories of the men named on the war memorial in St Mary’s Church, now the Lancashire Conservation Studios, in Stanley Street.

Charlotte Steels, Lancashire County Council’s manager at Museum of Lancashire (MoL), said: “We are looking for volunteers with an interest in local or family history to get involved with the project.

“People don’t need to have any research experience, as training will be provided, but will need to have time available now to start taking part.

“The aim of the project is to produce an exhibition, based on the findings of the research, in the People Gallery at the MoL in 2015.”

The volunteers will be given their training at local venues such as the MoL, Lancashire Infantry Museum, Lancashire County Council’s archives service and the Harris Museum, together with training at the Lancashire Conservation Studios.

This will include the opportunity to work with designers from the county council’s museums service on writing and putting together the exhibition telling the stories of the men on the memorial.

The St Mary’s research and exhibition is part of ‘Preston Remembers, 1914 – 1918’, a partnership project across museums, voluntary groups and other organisations in Preston.

For more information, phone Charlotte Steels at the MoL on 01772 534075 or email Alternatively, visit