Doncastrians urged to share family stories of Great War

Four year-old Ben Grimes helping at the launch of a history project with Victoria Ryves and Vicky Siviter
Four year-old Ben Grimes helping at the launch of a history project with Victoria Ryves and Vicky Siviter
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ORGANISERS of a project looking at the impact of the First World War on Doncaster are asking people to get involved in the action.

The Doncaster 1914-18 project includes family events, touring displays, new exhibitions, a new interactive website, and even an archaeological dig.

Project manager Jude Holland said: “Sadly, because it happened outside of our ‘living history’ we are slowly losing our connection to the people and places of our past, and forgetting that its legacy is still shaping our lives today.

“This is where we need help from people to re-build a picture of life across the borough during 1914-18. The First World War was a time when Doncaster’s people made a real difference, and so we need to find out about real people, who lived and worked on our streets, or fought far away from home.”

The project’s spotlight is currently on family life, with activities taking place at venues including the Doncaster Dome and Mexborough library.

People across Doncaster or anyone with a local connection are being encouraged to investigate and share family stories or memorabilia, or to volunteer in a range of projects.

A new interactive Doncaster 1914-18 website will also use technology to reveal Doncaster’s wartime story, and allow people to share and research their own family stories, creating a new digital archive for future generations.

Around 1,000 Doncaster men died in the war. Many served with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

To find out more about the various events go to www.doncaster1914-18.org.uk.