Historian to hold talk on memories of Northampton during First World War

A talk on life in Northamptno during the First World War will be held at Northampton Museum on September 26

A talk on life in Northamptno during the First World War will be held at Northampton Museum on September 26

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A historian who has put together a book featuring memories and experiences of life in Northampton during the First world War will be holding a talk at the town museum later this month.

Philip Sawford, who has created Great War Britain: Northampton (Remembering 1914-18), will be at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, September 26.

The book covers local reactions on the outbreak of war, through to how the town’s shoe industry was a vital part of the war effort as well as individual tales of people from all walks of life who fought or remained at home during the ‘war to end all wars’.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement said: “The First World War affected everyone in Northampton.

“Often we only consider the sacrifices made by those at the front line, but this books shows how the war changed life for everyone. With a range of personal stories from those dark days the talk will be a fascinating insight into our town just a century ago.”

The talk will be held at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday, September 26 at 1.30pm. To book a seat email museums@northampton.gov.uk