The Community Archive is the place to share your photographs, letters, stories and research on the First World War in Somerset.
Many will recall the personal stories which have been passed down through the generations by those who took part in the conflict. Those people are no longer able to share their stories so it is more important than ever that you share yours.
The Community Archive gives everyone a chance to engage in their own history and will help create a complete picture of the county’s war effort. We hope it will stand as a monument to the men, women and children of Somerset who contributed to the nation’s cause.
Taunton resident Jan Shone has added her memories to the archive, which include a unique collection of photographs in album, medals, cap badge, embroidered postcards and a Royal Engineers silk handkerchief. Jan said: “It’s nice that our little treasures which have been stuffed away in drawers are coming out for everyone to see, and making people think about the war again.”
Do you have pictures, letters, diaries, or war records from a family member who was involved? Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infantry? Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family? Or have you been researching your village to mark the centenary?
You can contribute to the project or read the fascinating accounts of the lives and experiences of Somerset men and women by visiting: www.somersetremembers.com
We hope Somerset people and others will get involved with the Community Archive and help to create a major historical resource for future generations.
What’s in the Community Archive?
There is an enormous variety of material on the archive including:
- Family memories and stories
- Diaries and memoirs
- Rolls of honour
- Correspondence and postcards
- Photographs and albums
- Records of daily life, such as ration books, identity cards, government advisory leaflets and knitting patterns
- Images of objects including medals, battlefield souvenirs and commemorative pieces
- Oral histories and film footage
- Posters and adverts
- Newspaper and magazine articles
- Commemorative publications
To find out more visit: www.somersetremembers.com