The Forum, Norwich, is looking for volunteers to take part in a special research project between May – November 2017 on the role of Norfolk women on active service during the First World War. The research, which will consist of written work, talks and the co-creation of a project film will contribute to an exhibition which will open at The Forum on 4 November 2017.
Volunteers will be supported in their research by project historian, Neil Storey, and receive training in how to research stories of Norfolk women in the military services and hospitals, on the land, in the factories and on the home front.
Heritage skills training will include an introduction to the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Norfolk Record Office and how to use online sources for family history and military ancestry research. Volunteers can also receive training in public speaking and media engagement and the opportunity to learn digital skills including filming and film editing.
This work forms part of The Forum’s ‘Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice’ project which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For those interested in applying to be a volunteer on the project, there is an information evening on Wednesday 8 March at 7pm at The Forum, Norwich. Potential volunteers can find out more about the project and hear a talk by Frank Meeres, Archivist at the Norfolk Record Office, on ‘Norfolk Women at War 1914-1919’.
For those wishing to attend, booking is essential via ww1womentalkandvolunteers.eventbrite.co.uk
Sarah Power, Events & Learning Manager at The Forum said: “We’re really looking forward to meeting potential volunteers and embarking on what will be a fascinating research project. Norfolk women played vital roles in the First World War and we will share many of their stories during the information evening. Volunteers will discover how their contribution will assist in the curation of a public exhibition at The Forum in November 2017. Ultimately participation in such a project can be very rewarding; volunteers are likely to uncover fascinating stories about incredible people from the past, develop new skills and create friendships by being part of our project team.”
Applications for volunteering opportunities open on Thursday 9 March and the closing date is Monday 1 May 2017.