Opportunity to search Harlow’s First World War history

History / Wed 2nd Apr 2014 at 09:50am

A NEW workshop teaching how to search publically available records for fascinating First World War stories of life at home and abroad is being held at the Essex Record Office on Thursday 3rd April.

The workshop forms part of ERO’s contribution to the commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Extensive First World War material at the Essex Record Office includes books and documents on the experiences of Essex people who served abroad, and what life was like back home during the war years.

There are also plans for defence in case of an invasion, and records focusing on Zeppelin raids, women at work in agriculture, industry and nursing, wartime hospitals in the county, children during the war, local military tribunals, and the registration of ‘enemy aliens’.

The workshop will contain numerous examples of interesting historical records, and is suitable for anyone who would like to find out how to research the history of their local community during the First World War, or who would like to find out how to trace the stories of people whose names appear on local war memorials.

It takes place on Thursday 3 April, 10.30am-12.30pm at Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT.

Tickets are £10.00; book in advance at 01245 244644

County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Anyone looking to mark the centenary of the First World War has a great opportunity to understand the impact of the Great War on Essex and its people.”

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