Volunteers needed for WW1 Project – Northampton

August 15, 2014

Conflict and Community, Northampton remembers the First World War.

In July 1914 almost 10,000 men joined the Northamptonshire Regiment. One month later Britain was at war with Germany. Many men left their homes, mothers, wives and children with a sense of patriotic fervour not seen previously.

The loss of lives of those who served in the Northamptonshire regiments had a massive impact on Northampton. Northampton museums are researching the lives of local people – in battle and on the Home Front – so that their stories can live on. Volunteers are needed to help with the project which runs from now until mid-2015.

We need help with:

  • Oral history collection – interviewing people to gather their stories and memories
  • Records research – searching the museum archives to discover hidden stories
  • Collections management – helping our archivists develop and catalogue our WWI collections
  • Events – helping out with the organisation of activity days, community talks and theatrical events
  • Visitor evaluation – speaking to event audiences and visitors to survey their views.

You will benefit by:

  • Helping to develop an archive that documents the true local impact of WWI and provides an invaluable resource for the town
  • Developing your employability by getting lots of practical experience
  • Learning new skills from trained staff
  • Meeting new contacts and making friends
  • Entrance to a variety of exclusive events that will be running throughout the life of the project.

We are also looking for people to share their memories, family stories and memorabilia with us. If you have a story to tell, then we want to hear from you.

Find out more or get involved

To get involved please contact Harpreet Sanghera, Project Officer by calling 01604 837 669 or emailing hsanghera@northampton.gov.uk

Find out more about the project on Northampton Borough Council’s Conflict and Community page.

Download the PDF Volunteers required flyer.

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