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World War One Memorabilia Roadshow at Skipton Town Hall

Discover the story behind your World War One mementos at Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 12th November, where experts will be on hand to help bring your First World War story to life.

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The Craven and the First World War project invites people to bring their own family objects, stories and questions relating to the First World War, to their Memorabilia Roadshow event taking place during the Remembrance weekend.

Historical experts will be on hand to help people discover more of their family stories and give an insight into the objects that they own at the event, which is made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

There will be lots of activities taking place during the day, including object handling sessions and craft activities for kids, as well as performances from a World War One living history re-enactor. There will also be a number of pop-up exhibitions about life in Craven and the region during the war and a chance to see the UNESCO listed film, The Battle of the Somme, that was originally shot and screened in 1916.

The event will also include talks from Lucy Moore (WW1 Project Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries), at 12 noon on 'Women in the Workplace in WW1', followed by military historian Tim Lynch (author of 'Yorkshire Voices of the Great War') at 2pm, who will be sharing his experiences about his own research into his Great-Uncle's World War One story.

Megan Hickes, who is a volunteer for the Craven and the First World War project, said:"Everything is of interest from letters, postcards, medals, photographs, keepsakes to official army records.

"The First World War had an immense impact on families from around Craven and we are really interested in seeing these treasured family items that may remember a person who served, or a member of their family back home.

"This event is a brilliant opportunity to discuss the significance of the items left behind and unearth some unique personal stories."

The event will take place at Skipton Town Hall on Saturday 12th November, from 11am -3pm and all activities are free to attend.