Do you have Saffron Walden-related First World War memorabilia to share?

09:53 01 August 2014

Photograph from the organiser, Barbara Wilcox

Photograph from the organiser, Barbara Wilcox's family. Great Uncle Harry Pullen in his Army uniform. Studio photographs like this were often taken before men went abroad.

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A project to record memorabilia from the First World War, and the war’s effect on families, is taking place on Saturday in Saffron Walden Town Hall.

Saffron Walden Initiative, in partnership with Saffron Walden Camera Club, is holding the drop in session between 10am and 4pm for members of the public to record family memories, documents, and artefacts.

The Initiative hopes the project will enhance understanding of the war and its aftermath. If people have family stories or can remember parents, grandparents or great grandparents talking about the war, they will be able to make oral recordings.

There will be special kit for making high quality photographs, and members of Saffron Walden Historical Society will be on hand to guide visitors interested in doing further research.

Organiser Barbara Wilcox said: “The war affected families in all sorts of ways.

“People took on different roles, and employers who wanted to stop their workers being conscripted, and conscientious objectors faced tribunals.”

She added: “After the war, many former combatants hid their experiences from their families and women gave up their jobs to returning soldiers and there was of course the lasting impact of loss, separation and injury.”

“Lots of people are interested in their family history, and have photos, letters and other memorabilia from the period.

“We would like to make a permanent record of these and hope the project will encourage people explore their own history further.”

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