September 30th, 2016

War stories of Stratford men set to be told by town schoolchildren

War stories of Stratford men set to be told by town schoolchildren War stories of Stratford men set to be told by town schoolchildren
Updated: 3:23 pm, Jan 31, 2016

THE UNTOLD stories of the Stratford men who fought in the First World War are set to be told by the town’s schoolchildren.

The Old Slaughterhouse Arts & Heritage Studio is launching the project Untold Stories which will see youngsters researching and exploring the lives of those who fought for king and country in the Great War.

The project, funded through Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to bring children, families and the community together through a series of workshops and events all leading to a public exhibition and commemoration event at Stratford Town Hall on July 1 – the 100th anniversary of the first battle of the Somme.

Work will also contribute to a further exhibition at the Old Slaughterhouse to be launched during Open Heritage Weekend in September.

Escape Arts, the charity behind the Old Slaughterhouse, are urging people to get involved.

Spokeswoman Karen Williams said: “This project is about exploring, telling and preserving Stratford’s First World War stories, told through the eyes of our schoolchildren and young people.

“We would really like to hear from and involve people who have family stories, or who have  material, photos etc. who would be willing to share these with us and help us build a resource for the children to access.

“We would also like to involve local groups and organisations who may have already undertaken First World War research. We have a wonderful research team, led by researcher Martin Kenny, who will help record these stories, building into a bigger archive for the exhibition in September.”

Email  Karen at info@escapearts.org.uk for further details.

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