Call for volunteers and information to help uncover the remarkable legacies of Norfolk women from the First World War.
The Forum, Norwich is looking for volunteers to participate in an exciting research project revealing the legacies of Norfolk women from the First World War.
The volunteers’ research will form a public exhibition at The Forum in November, commemorating the end of the First World War. The exhibition is part of The Forum’s ongoing Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice project which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Unbeknownst to many, hundreds of women were amongst the British war dead of the First World War. Whilst not involved in combat roles they did operate as nurses and ambulance drivers in dangerous areas close to the front lines. Many died as a result of accidents, illnesses or disease while serving home and abroad.
Military Historian, Neil Storey has identified 21 Norfolk women who died while serving in uniform and the Norfolk in the First World War project team would like to hear from anyone with stories, photographs or additional information about these women or other Norfolk Women who should be added to the Roll of Honour.
The Forum is hosting a free information evening on Thursday 8 March at 7pm where members of the public can find out more about the project and hear a talk by Neil Storey on First World War Women of Norfolk: Legacies.
Volunteers will be supported in their research by Neil Storey, and will receive training including heritage and research skills into topics including family history and military ancestry. Volunteers will also receive training in public speaking, digital and media engagement skills.
Sarah Power, Events & Learning Manager at The Forum said: “This will be an exciting and rewarding project to take part in. By being part of our project team, volunteers are likely to uncover fascinating stories about remarkable women whilst developing new skills and friendships.”
Booking is essential for the information evening, places can be booked via Eventbrite . To contact the team email Lizzie on firstname.lastname@example.org . Volunteers have until Monday 26 March 2018 to register their interest in taking part and can find out further information about the project by visiting theforumnorwich.co.uk/learning/volunteer