In 2014, a programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War began in Richmond, as part of a wider national plan for remembrance. The Village Stories project aims to unearth stories about the local area during the First World War.
Drawing on the valuable work conducted by community groups, local organisations and individuals in the Borough so far, Village Stories will gather narratives from the fourteen villages of Richmond – Barnes, Hampton Wick, Hampton, Twickenham, St Margaret’s, Richmond, Ham & Petersham, East Sheen, Kew, Mortlake, Teddington, Whitton & Heathfield, Strawberry Hill and Hampton Hill. Over the next few years we will capture First World War memories from the Borough, and showcase them in an exhibition at Orleans House Gallery in 2018.
We need your help!
The project is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the stories unearthed so far about Richmond’s First World War, and for local historians and organisations to unveil to the public the narratives they have uncovered through their research. We can’t do it without you – the public! We are looking for local people to come forward with their family’s First World War memories – particularly those stories that have a strong link with Richmond – and to share this as yet unknown heritage. Find out more on how you can get involved here.
An exhibition of the highlights of Richmond’s First World War is planned for Autumn/Winter 2018, and will be accompanied by a book. Stories will be regularly published on this blog, which will serve as an online archive of Richmond’s WWI for the future.
For more information on the Village Stories project, please contact First World War Outreach Coordinator Daniella Hadley, at Daniella.Hadley@richmond.gov.uk, or telephone 0208 831 6451.
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