To mark the centenary of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Cheltenham Borough Council is working with the University of Gloucestershire to record local history from within the community.
To help with the project, they are looking for people who were living in Cheltenham, or in service during the Second World War. They are also keen to have stories of life in Cheltenham, or of family members involved in the First World War. Anyone wishing to share their experiences and stories will have the opportunity to have them digitally archived.
Many people have been sharing their stories on the website http://www.ww1cheltenham.org/ since it was launched by Cheltenham Borough Council last summer.
Hannah Wright, community engagement assistant said, “People have been coming into the Municipal Offices with some fascinating stories of relatives involved in World War One, and bringing old photographs, medals and artefacts to show us. As the 70th anniversary of VE Day is near, it seemed appropriate that we also extend to people involved in the Second World War. Both wars are currently fairly prominent in our minds and in the media, and this is an opportune time to capture some of these stories and what they mean to the people telling them.”
The sessions are by appointment only, and participants can be individuals or families. The format will be an informal conversation with an interviewer from the Cheltenham Remembers project, recorded either on video or audio and used in the project and its exhibitions.
Sessions will take place at the Park Campus in Cheltenham, between 10am and 3pm on Tuesday 26th and Thursday 28th May. For more information, email Hannah.firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01242 775156.