Talk on First World War archives

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A talk is being held to take visitors on a journey through some of Woodhorn Museum’s collections as part of a project on the First World War.

Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn has amazing collections of documents and records covering many aspects of the county’s history.

With the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, a special project is being undertaken by professionals and volunteers to investigate records relating to the First World War in the 100th anniversary of its outbreak.

Sometimes records are deposited with the archives, but for various reasons are not able to be catalogued and made accessible to the public.

This project is combining volunteer assistance with professional direction to list and digitise many of the fascinating Great War documents.

Paul Ternent, from Northumberland Archives, is the archivist working with the volunteers, and in a talk at the museum on Thursday, November 13, he will explain how the project is working, highlighting some of the great content that has come to light.

Paul will also guide attendees on how to go about carrying out research into wartime ancestors using old photographs and records to piece together their story.

An example of a First World War serviceman will be examined as an illustration, and he will provide great hints and tips about further sources of information too.

The talk comes at a time when many people are considering investigating their own family members so this is a brilliant introduction to research.

Others would just find it an interesting presentation on the amazing records stored at Woodhorn and the fascinating process of making them accessible to the public.

The talk is free, but booking is essential on (01670) 624455.