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Town hall hosts WWI event

AHS history teacher Jon Sandison, one of those involved in the upcoming First World War event.

THOSE WITH an interest in the First World War are being invited to Lerwick Town Hall later this month for a major event involving local heritage and family history groups.

Shetland Museum and Archives is also involved in the event, between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturday 14 November, where there will be a display of photos and artefacts from all around the islands.

A “research your relations” workshop will be staged, along with a coffee morning and music, and folk are encouraged to bring along their own stories and family memorabilia to share.

The ‘Shetland and the Great War’ event is being organised by the Shetland Family History Society, the Heritage Association, Anderson High School and Shetland Islands Council.

Recently, S4 pupils from the AHS visited and experienced the WWI battlefields. They will have their own display in the town hall, and history teacher Jon Sandison said he hoped folk would bring along their own stories.

“This is all about sharing,” he said. “We want to hear people’s memories of family members who were involved in the war, and staff from the museum will be there to take a look at any heirlooms and help to provide more information on them.

“It’s important that we share all these memories and stories before they’re lost. We’ll have displays from local heritage groups from all around Shetland, and I really think that bringing all this information together will make for an interesting day out.”

Family history society secretary Elizabeth Angus said they were really looking forward to the event.

“We’ll be giving folk a chance to look through the records and perhaps learn something new about any family members who were involved in the war – and of course we may turn up valuable information for our own records.”

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