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Documenting impact of First World War

Project officer Amanda Peacock chats with Marjory Sexton and Becca Gibbs about the exhibits on show. (Picture  Tony Johnson)

Project officer Amanda Peacock chats with Marjory Sexton and Becca Gibbs about the exhibits on show. (Picture  Tony Johnson)

People around Masham have been encouraged to share family stories of the impact of the First World War on their communities and landscapes.

The centenary project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund andcalled Leeds Pals, PoWs and the Home Front, will focus on the impact of the war on the landscapes and communities of Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAOB).

It will also tell the story of the Leeds Pals, who were trained in the Masham area.

The Pals trained in the Colsterdale area before going to war.

It was launched on Saturday at a drop-in event at Masham Town Hall.

People were encouraged to share family stories, memories or bring along objects relating to the war.

It was also an opportunity for people to consider volunteering for the project and helping with historical and archaeological research.

Volunteers will also be able to access training opportunities and learn new skills.

Amanda Peacock, First World War Project Officer, said those behind the project were keen to get in touch with local people with family stories as “our links with people who knew the First World War generation first hand will soon be lost forever”.

For more information about the project email: amanda.peacock@harrogate.gov.uk

 

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