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Saving and Sharing Borders stories - WW1

The community are invited to share their family stories of WWI at the latest event organised by the ‘Saving and Sharing the Borders experience: Scottish Borders Stories of World War One’ project.

The two year project, run jointly by the Scottish Borders Museums, Archives and Library Services aims to provide a unique and lasting commemorative record of the First World War and its legacy for the Borders. It is being funded by £33,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £21,000 from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities said: “This unique project will document the impact and significance of these turbulent years on our local and national heritage. The generation who have a direct link with those who participated is getting older and this may be our last chance to capture their recollections.”

The project will document the region’s social and family heritage of this momentous period by recording material in various formats including scans, photographs and sound recordings so that it can be made widely available and secured for future generations.

The free event will take place on Sunday 24th July at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre between 12noon and 4.30pm. Members of the community are invited to bring along their WWI letters, diaries, photographs and more and share their family’s WWI story.

The award-winning Jedforest Instrumental Band will play popular music from the First World War period from 2.30pm.

More information about the project, including volunteer opportunities, is available from Project Officer, Morag Cockburn on 01450 360699 or at: archives@liveborders1.org.uk