‘Unknown Stories of the Great War’, Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, 17 Sept. 2016

To coincide with the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July-18 November 1916), Oxfordshire families are urged to bring First World War photographs, letters, diaries and objects to tell their stories at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock on Saturday 17th September between 10am and 4.30pm.

Experts from the Soldiers of Oxford­shire Museum, the Western Front Association and other organisations will be on hand to talk to visitors about the significance of their memorabilia and to help them find out more.

Living historians will be giving demonstrations and there will be displays, activities for children, support for researching a soldier and refreshments available.

This event is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Entry to the museum will be free on the day, though donations would be appreciated.

The Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum
Park Street
OX20 1SN
T: 01993 810 210

Download poster of the event: Unknown Stories of the Great War

Views of an antique land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War

Supported by the Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Heritage programme, this University of Cardiff project will focus on collecting and making accessible images of Egypt and Palestine as they would have been seen by people during the First World War.

Much of the commemoration of the First World War has focussed on the Western Front and so gives the impression that the war was entirely one of mud and trenches with very little movement. However, the war in Egypt and Palestine was much more mobile and often fast moving, it was also fought in hot and dry conditions and posed a whole range of challenges to those who fought there. It is also a surprise to many that such a great number of personnel did actually serve in Egypt and Palestine at some point during the war with units regularly being withdrawn from the Western Front to serve in the area before returning to Europe later on. Egypt also served as a staging post for the Dardenelles Campaign and Thessalonika.

The aim is to collect photographs taken by service personnel, postcards, lantern slides and stereoviews. The project is not collecting the actual views but rather scans of them which, with the owners permission, will be uploaded to a dedicated website where anyone interested in seeing what their ancestors saw or who is interested in how the ancient monuments, cities, towns and villages looked during the First World War can get that information.

For a full overview of the project, see here.

‘Children of the Great War’ film screening and Q & A

IT Services and Age Exchange are pleased to invite you to a screening of the film installation ‘Children of the Great War’.

Thursday 23rd April, 5- 6:30 pm at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road.

The film is based on memories and experiences of children and grandchildren of those who lived through the First World War. The material was collected and collated by the reminiscence arts charity Age Exchange as part of their project ‘Children of the Great War’. The screening will be preceded by a short presentation about the project and followed by a Q & A with the artists involved. Wine and nibbles will be provided.

The event is free, but places are limited. For catering purposes, we would be most grateful if you could kindly confirm whether you can attend by booking online at http://tinyurl.com/COGWFilm or by calling: 01865 273253; or by emailing Sarah Wilkin at IT Services directly.

You can find out more about the Children of the Great War project here.

The focus of the 18 month project has been on memories and experiences of the Great War passed down through families and across communities. The project, funded by the Lottery Heritage Fund, has included a range of activities such as reminiscence projects, intergenerational workshops, filming and recording of group and individual interviews sharing personal heritage. A series of open days have also been held where the public have been invited to contribute family history, images and text to the Europeana 1914-18 International archive. The Education Enhancement team, University of Oxford, has had the pleasure to provide training and support to project staff and be involved in some of the collection events.