Discover how Harlow residents lived through WW1

News / Thu 4th Sep 2014 at 03:17pm

A UNIQUE heritage open day featuring a recruitment stand for Kitchener’s Army, re-enactments of ‘Tommy’ army life from the 10th Essex Regiment, and period music from the Essex Yeomanry Band, is set to bring WW1 to life.
Essex at War 1914–1918, a collaboration between Essex County Council’s Essex Record Office and Chelmsford City Council’s Hylands House, takes place at Hylands House on Sunday 14th September.

County Councillor Roger Hirst, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning, said: “Essex at War 1914–1918 offers something for the whole family. It runs for one day only so don’t miss this opportunity to discover your local past.”

There will also be talks from expert speakers, craft activities, and a tea and cake stand raising money for the charity Help for Heroes.

The family-friendly event also marks the launch of Now the Last Poppy has Fallen at 12.45pm, an exhibition that will tour Essex venues, including libraries and museums, over the next four years. It features a range of historical First World War documents from the Essex Record Office archives and several Essex museums, as well as original poems by Luke Wright and songs from Georgia Strand. Both will give a performance at the launch.

The day will also see the launch of Chelmsford Remembers, which invites local residents to contribute their own family memories of how the War affected our county town.

Full details are available at http://www.essexrecordofficeblog.co.uk/wwi/.

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