First World War Story Gathering Drop-In Session, Royal Wootton Bassett Library: 10am-1pm Saturday 24 Sep 2016

A Call for Stories!

Drop in to Royal Wootton Bassett Library from 10am – 1pm on Saturday 24 September and share any stories, images, objects or information that you might have about Wiltshire and the First World War.

For instance, did your family live in Wiltshire during the First World War? Did they join up to fight overseas or ‘do their bit’ back at home? If you have a story to tell about how your relatives, friends’ relatives, or local people, helped the war effort during the First World War then we’d love to talk to you. Do you know how Wiltshire changed during the First World War, how the county got things done during war-time, or about the entertainment of the time, we would love to hear about it. Also if you have any stories / information about the lasting effects of the war on families and the county, then come and share them with us.

In September 2014 Carol Treloar shared a story about her Grandfather, Frank Davis, with the Wiltshire at War project. Frank was from Market Lavington and was unable to enlist in 1914 due to a childhood hip injury;  he still managed to do his bit by growing vegetables and transporting them using his horse and cart to Lavington station to go to London Hospital, Whitechapel. You can find out more about Frank’s story, and read a letter of thanks to him from London Hospital on the Wiltshire at War website here.

Carol Treloar in conversation with Emma Golby-Kirk
Carol Treloar in conversation with Emma Golby-Kirk

Come along to Royal Wootton Bassett Library and have a chat with us; bring along any photos, letters, diaries, or relevant objects for us to look at – and we will add your story to the Wiltshire at War: Community Stories collection.

When: 10am – 1pm Saturday 24 September 2016

Where: Royal Wootton Bassett Library, Borough Fields, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 7AX.

Royal Wootton Bassett Library
Royal Wootton Bassett Library

This is a joint event between Royal Wootton Bassett Museum and the Wiltshire at War project, hosted in the library. Your stories will be kept by the Museum as well as the Wiltshire at War project, ensuring these fascinating glimpses into life in Wiltshire during the First World War are never forgotten.

For more information, please call Royal Wootton Bassett Museum on 01793 852656.

Or contact Heather Perry or Jessica Smith at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on 01249 705500.

Royal Wootton Bassett Library will also be hosting Wiltshire at War exhibition ‘The Call to Arms’ at the time, so why not see that at the same time.

Royal Wootton Bassett Museum are always on the look out for more volunteers to help them share the wonderful history of the town. There are many different ways you can help the museum, if you think this is something you would like to know more about, please contact Steve on 01793 631448 or Marilyn on 01793 855227 or pop in during current opening times:

Royal Wootton Bassett Museum – The Town Hall, High St, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 7AU.

Museum Opening times: Wednesday and Saturday 10am-12pm.

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Town Hall – The copyright on this image is owned by Derek Voller and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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