Library events to mark Remembrance Day
Telford & Wrekin Council’s library service is organising a number of different events in the next week to mark Remembrance Day.
The main event is a World War One Pop Up Museum at Southwater Library on Saturday 7 November from 10am to 2pm.
This brings together history groups, local museums and archive services with related research, artefacts and commemorations.
It means the public can learn about the range of library services to start their military family history.
There will also be a library volunteer stall which enables people to access their ancestor’s military records, as well as the British Newspaper Archives and the Times Digital Archives.
Organisations that will also have stalls at the event include Albrighton Local History Group, Holmer Lake Primary School showcasing their work on the Historic England Heritage Schools programme, Oakengates Royal British Legion, Shropshire Archives, Shifnal Local History Group, the Shropshire Regimental Museum and Wolverhampton University.
These organisations have come together to bring a wealth of fascinating historic material to the pop up museum, which shines a light on the lives of the men, women and children who lived through the terrible 1914-18 global conflict.
Also part of the World War One Pop Up Museum is local storyteller Dawn Powell with performances/workshops for families.
This includes stories about the Christmas truce and stories about some famous wartime animals including Stubby the trench dog and Cher Ami the messenger pigeon.
Performances happen at 10.45am, 12 noon and 1pm.
There will also be a talk by Simon Jarman on Tuesday 10 November from 7.30-9pm at Southwater Library. Simon will be talking about his Uncle James Speight’s experiences during World War One supported by a large collection of pictures and memorabilia. This event is free but contact Southwater Library to book a place on 01952 382915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Libraries, said: “Telford has a proud military history and it is right and fitting that we should use our resources to mark Remembrance Day, which is a very poignant day for everyone affected by conflict.
“The Pop Up Museum and associated events promise to showcase a huge range of material and information that I am sure everyone who attend will find fascinating, painting a vivid picture of what life was like during World War One.”