The first group of Somerset Remembers volunteers are ready to start.
Last week we held two introduction sessions at the Somerset Heritage Centre, giving volunteers the opportunity to meet the project team and find out how the research programme will contribute to the overall project.
As part of the introduction sessions we asked the question: ”What does the First World War mean to you?”
Answers varied. Some volunteers want to know more about their community and how the war impacted on the people who lived in their parish. When whole streets emptied of men, how did women adapt their lives?
Others volunteers have childhood memories of their grandfathers or great-grandfathers who served in the war. A number of volunteers never knew their First World War relatives and wanted to know what experiences they went through or how they contributed to the war effort.
There was also a strong desire to know what really happened during the conflict and to challenge some of the myths and legends which have transpired over the past 100 years.
Throughout the discussion people agreed on the need to ensure that Somerset people today become more aware of how the county was changed by the war, and that is a key aim of the Somerset Remembers project.
We would not be able to carry out the Somerset Remembers project without the volunteers and we are extremely grateful for their contributions. So far we have had 30 enthusiastic volunteers sign up, however we are still recruiting. If you would like to get involved, please contact us.