Wartime memories to be captured for exhibition

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Local people are being invited to share and capture Lincolnshire Wolds wartime memories, as part of a joint project coordinated by Down Your Wold and Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials community heritage projects.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Wartime Memories project team is welcoming people to come forward if they are interested in taking part in oral history training, which involves using special equipment and techniques to gather people’s wartime memories.

The project is also keen to hear from people who have a story to tell or who may know a neighbour or friend who has wartime accounts or anecdotes.

Many memories will be used in a special Lincolnshire Wolds Wartime exhibition, supported by Louth Town Council, which will take place at The Sessions House, Louth on September 13, during the National Heritage Open Days initiative.

Recordings will also be available online.

Cath Pike, Lincolnshire War Memorials Officer, said: “This is an important project as memories can be lost forever if they aren’t properly recorded. Lincolnshire has a rich military heritage, from medieval battlefields to the iconic RAF bases. The Lincolnshire Remembrance project is very much about commemorating and remembering the sacrifices of the World War’s and other conflicts that have, and still are, affecting Lincolnshire today.”

Sam Phillips, Down Your Wold Project Officer, added. “Oral history is extremely valuable and helps bring the past to life. Volunteers will be playing a very important role in preserving Lincolnshire’s history. Down Your Wold is a community heritage project created to give people the skills and knowledge to discover their own local history, oral history training is just one of many learning opportunities which will be available over the next year.”

The first oral history training event will take place on Monday, April 7, in Louth, from 10.30am to 4pm. Spaces are limited so booking is essential through Cath Pike by calling 01522 554959 or by emailing cathryn.pike@lincolnshire.gov.uk by Thursday, April, 3.

For more information about ‘Down Your Wold’, contact Sam Phillips on 01507 609740 or email sam.phillips@lincsheritage.org or visit www.down-your-wold.co.uk.