Get involved in Stamford’s First World War commemorations



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People are being urged to bring along any First World War artefacts and share their stories at a series of roadshows.

A team of volunteers is organising a programme of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The team is hoping local people will get involved in the event and is holding roadshows to encourage people to share artefacts, photos and documents of their families’ experience of the war, as well as their stories to build a clear picture of Stamford during the war.

As part of the project, which has received Heritage Lottery Funding, there will be a three week programme of events at Browne’s Hospital culminating in a commemorative event to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war on August 4.

One of the volunteers Sam Roddan said: “These artefacts and the family histories that accompany them are key to understanding what happened to our community 100 years ago.

“We need to record this history now to ensure that it’s not lost to us: it’s the personal detail and colour that we won’t necessarily find in the archives that gives the greatest insights to our local heritage.”

The roadshows will be held on: Saturday, February 8, between 10am and 2pm at All Saints’ Church, Stamford; Friday, February 14, between 2pm and 4pm; Tuesday, February 18, between 2pm and 4pm and between 6pm and 8pm; and Friday, February 28, at the same times, and all at Stamford Town Hall.

Bateman’s Auctioneers will be at the event on February 18 for anyone with an artefact of significance.

Anyone who can’t make the roadshows can e-mail or call 01780 753808 with details.

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