Wiltshire at War: Community Stories
As part of activity taking place across Wiltshire commemorating 100 years since the First World War, museums in the county have been successful in getting Heritage Lottery funding to deliver an exciting project.
Wiltshire at War: Community Stories will invite communities from across Wiltshire to share their stories, memories and artefacts of the impact the First World War had on the county. Working with local museums and heritage centres these will be recorded, stored and shared to create a picture of how Wiltshire life was affected by the conflict.
Stories will be presented through a series of travelling exhibitions and also a website.
Alongside this schools and libraries will be hosting activities, talks and events, inspired by the stories from the exhibitions.
The project has been developed by the Wiltshire Museums Group, an informal association of museums large and small from across the county. They decided that working together would be the most effective way to explore and share the story of the impact of the war on Wiltshire.
Supported by Wiltshire Council’s Conservation and Museums Advisory Service the project is just about to get started and will run until 2018. Over this period hopefully every corner of Wiltshire will have the chance to get involved.
Publicity work and roadshows will be starting over the summer. In the meantime if you would like to let us know of any family or community stories that you already have then please post a reply to this blog and we will be in touch.
Regular updates on the project, as well as other First World War events and sources of help are posted on the Heritage in Wiltshire blog which you will find at http://heritageinwiltshire.wordpress.com/
Tim Burge, Wiltshire Council Museums Officer