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Discover 'Voices from the First World War' as part of the 'Explore Your Archives' campaign

Monday, 11 November 2013

Hampshire families will have the chance to discover first person accounts from the First World War and find out how archives are collected and preserved thanks to Hampshire County Council's Archives and Local Studies Service.

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies is taking part in a new national campaign called 'Explore Your Archives' to raise awareness of archives, their value to society and the impact they have, every day, on individual lives.

As Remembrance Day comes round and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in 2014 approaches, people will have the chance to take part in the Voices of the First World War workshop at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester on Wednesday 20 November.

The workshop will look at the range of First World War archive sources that are accessible and how they can be interpreted creatively and historically to help mark the centenary.

Councillor Keith Chapman, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Culture, Recreation and Heritage, said: "The 'Explore Your Archives' campaign has coincided with the First World War commemorations for this year and next year, for the centenary, and it will enable individuals and local communities to learn more about the role Hampshire played during this time at home and abroad. However, 'Explore Your Archives' is not just about the First World War. It is about raising awareness of our archives, their historic value and their relevance. I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the Hampshire Record Office and learn something new about themselves, where they live, or just about how archives are obtained and preserved and why that is important."

One of the collections available to researchers is the first section of the huge regimental archive of The Royal Green Jackets, relating to one of its predecessor regiments, The King's Royal Rifle Corps. It was transferred in December last year to Hampshire Record Office from The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum at Peninsula Barracks, Winchester, where objects relating to the collection can be viewed.

Another event planned as part of the preparations for next year's First World War commemorations is a workshop Their Name Liveth for Evermore, about how to research war memorials, on Tuesday 12 November. A short summary of the vast range of First World War records held in the archives is available online, along with a designated Voices of the First World War Facebook page where photographs and extracts from letters and diaries will be posted to help tell the story of the war through the eyes of local people. Both are accessible via the Hampshire Archives and Local Studies homepage.

Also as part of the 'Explore Your Archives' campaign Hampshire Archives and Local Studies has produced a film called ArchI've Explored at Hampshire Record Office, illustrating the work done to collect, preserve and make available the archives which tell the story of Hampshire.

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