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Northamptonshire volunteers wanted to help gather people’s World War One memories as part of huge project

Soldiers in the trenches at The Somme.

Soldiers in the trenches at The Somme.

A project is underway to gather stories from Northamptonshire people to commemorate World War One.

Around 10,000 men joined the Northamptonshire Regiment in July 1914, ahead of Britain going to war with Germany the following month.

In a bid to uncover the stories of local people during the war, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has joined forces with Royal & Derngate to undertake an 18-month project to gather the stories of local people to make sure their memories live on.

‘Conflict and Community – Northampton Remembers the First World War’ is the first project the two venues have worked together to plan and deliver such a large scale community venture.

It has been made possible thanks to an award of £73,200 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

To reach out to as many people as possible, the venues are appealing for volunteers to support a variety of tasks including research, interviews and help with events.

Volunteers will play a vital role in helping to develop the town’s archive so that the true impact of WWI is captured for future generations. The experience will also benefit volunteers by giving them the chance to meet new contacts, make friends, learn new skills and get lots of practical experience.

Councillor Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community engagement, said: “This is an exciting and innovative project that explores how WWI affected the lives of Northampton people. The more people we have helping us gather people’s stories and memories the better. Anyone can be part of this exciting project. Just give us a call if you want to help.”

To offer your help or for more information please contact the project officer on (01604) 837669 or email hsanghera@northampton.gov.uk. For full details of Conflict & Community events visit www.northampton.gov.uk/conflictandcommunity.

 

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