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As part of the process of gathering First World War stories, the Village Stories project conducts oral history interviews with people who have memories they wish to share. These memories are recorded, and may be used in our planned exhibition.
Oral history allows us to capture a living history of people’s life experiences, and gives people an opportunity to share histories that may previously have been unheard. If you are considering an oral history project, the Oral History Society can provide a wealth of guidance as well as training for beginners.
The Oral History Association also provides a number of useful resources.
Conducting Research into the First World War
If you are interested in conducting your own research into a particular place, individual or story connected with the First World War, then there are a number of places you can start. If you are researching locally, then Richmond’s Local Studies Library and Archive may be able to help you. Based in the Old Town Hall, Richmond, Local Studies holds a variety of material including newspapers, locally produced publications, photographs and maps. You can search their collection via an online catalogue.
You can also search the catalogue for the National Archives. You may wish to use service records, unit war diaries, medal index cards and military appeals in your search.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission allows you to search for casualties via its website.
Funding your Project
Funding may be available for First World War projects in Richmond via the Civic Pride Fund. Organisations,. informal groups and individuals can apply if their project meets one of the Civic Pride priorities. Find out more here.
Caring for Historical Documents, Photographs and Objects
You may have at home items of historical interest – including letters and official documents, photographs and artwork, and objects or ephemera. In order to preserve this material for future generations, it is important that these items are kept in the correct conditions and cared for in a proper manner. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) has lots of information on how to care for your items.