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History and heritage to the fore at free workshops

Our Museum, Archive and Library Services are offering free training to members of the community who want to get hands-on in local history projects.

The Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI Project are working in partnership with the Stobs Camp Project and the Borders Family History Society to offer workshop places to anyone interested in genealogy and oral history.

The two projects are closely linked in their themes and aims and began working together during 2016. It is hoped that those attending the workshops will be inspired to use their skills to help research and record stories relating to Stobs Camp and the wider Borders experience of WWI, 100 years on from the conflict.

The Heritage Hub, who will lead the Oral History training, cares for a considerable collection of oral history recordings and has experience in their collection, conservation and use. With the additional knowledge and expertise brought to the Genealogy class by members of the Borders Family History Society these workshops offer a chance for those interested in their local history and heritage to learn new skills.

Morag Cockburn, Project Officer, Saving and Sharing Scottish Borders Stories of WWI, said: “These workshops offer a great opportunity to bring together and share the skills and knowledge of members of the Borders Family History Society and the resources and experience of the Heritage Hub.

“They will hopefully inspire participants to actively engage with the legacy of WWI, while supporting these two interesting and dynamic local projects.”

Andrew Jepson, Stobs Camp Project Officer, added: “The Stobs Camp Project is delighted to be helping host these workshops at the Heritage Hub in Hawick.

“The story of the Scottish Borders during the First World War is continually being discovered and re-told. And none more so than at Stobs Camp.

“I am confident that these free workshops will provide people with the skills to better explore their local history and hope they will encourage volunteers of all ages to get involved in heritage projects.”

Recording Oral Histories

A short workshop on recording personal experiences

Saturday 18th February

10am – 12noon

 

Connect to the past through Genealogy

A short workshop introducing Genealogical research techniques.

Saturday 4th March

10am – 12noon

 

Both free but booking essential due to limited capacity – contact the Heritage Hub 01450 360699 / archives@liveborders1.org.uk