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World war group goes online

A scene from the battlefields of the First World War.

A scene from the battlefields of the First World War.

 

A group set up to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War has set up a website to show off its plans.

Stamford’s WW1 Centenary Commemoration Programme has launched an online portal for its four-year programme of events.

The site, www.StamfordWW1.org, carries information about plans for the commemoration and will encourage people to get involved.

Programme director Sam Roddan said: “The research project is fundamental to the programme, giving us an insight into how life here in Stamford was affected.

“This would not be possible without the volunteers who have been working so hard on the research and we are still looking for more volunteers to become involved and for stories and artefacts from local residents.”

The website also carries details about the education programme, which starts in the summer term with a series of workshops and a “Tommy” soldier visiting schools to explain more about their daily life. Seven local schools are currently taking part and social groups are being encouraged to get involved

Stage one of the project so far covers May to December 1914 and has turned up, amongst other details, some fascinating information about recruitment in the area and the fundraising appeals orchestrated in Stamford.

The group will hold another oral histories event at Stamford town hall on May 30, where people are invited to share their stories and memories of the conflict.

The commemoration group is donating copies of the book Stamford and the Great War, by WF Markwick, to schools in the area as part of the project.

And a full schedule of performances, talks and activities will be hosted at a temporary event space being created at Browne’s Hospital by artist Sue Shields.

The exhibition will run from July 12t to August 4. Director Sam thanked governors and residents of Browne’s for allowing the space to be used.

She added: “Sited next to the town’s war memorial it is an apt venue for what will be an informative art installation and exhibition hosting a schedule of events for the local community leading up to the commemoration of the outbreak of the war.”

 

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