Whitby Town Council

Information for Residents & Visitors

Town Clerk: Michael King
Whitby Town Council, Pannett
Park, Whitby, North Yorkshire
YO21 1RE

Out of the Darkness – Share Your Stories

Out of the Darkness – Share Your Stories

Come along to the Pannett Art Gallery on Thursday 20th September, 10am – 12 noon or Wednesday 26th September 1 – 3pm to share the stories of your family's involvement in the First World War or to find out how else you can get involved with this project.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Whitby Town Council have received Heritage Lottery funding to explore the effects of the First World War on Whitby and its people today through the stories of family members living at the time.

We want to recruit a small team of enthusiastic individuals to help us collect these stories and we want to hear from people with stories to tell.

Do you know what your relatives were doing during the war?

Did family members go off to fight? And if so did they survive?

Did you have a female relative who had to stay and run the family home? Or who had to take on a role previously carried out by a man?

Were they a child living through the war? What was this like?

More than one million Service Men and Women gave their lives in the First World War so that future generations can live theirs. We will commemorate those who died, those who came home and those whose lives were touched in any way.

It might be a grandparent, great aunt or uncle, distant cousin or close relative – whatever the connection we are interested to hear their stories.

If you have a story to tell then the town council would like to hear from you.

Project Co-ordinator Jo Davis said "If you would like to work as a volunteer to help gather photos and stories, if you have a story you would like to share or if you just want to know more about the project we would love to hear from you."

Come along to the Pannett Art Gallery on Thursday 20th September, 10am – 12 noon or Wednesday 26th September 1 – 3pm or email us at info@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk

The project will also be looking at clothing and how the war impacted on the design of garments so there will be some textiles workshops happening as the project progresses. If you come along on Wednesday 26th we will also be running a crochet workshop. During the war knitting and crochet were both used to make hats and balaclava, gloves and mittens, and vests and jackets. Join us to crochet "ear protectors" for the troops

If you can't crochet then Costume Facilitator Rebecca Riley will teach you.

Do come along, get involved, share your family stories and help us commemorate the centenary of the ending of the First World War – our project needs you.

If you can't make the workshops do get in touch by email: info@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone: 01947 820227 and ask for the "Out of the Darkness" project team.

Posted: Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:30 by Lisa

Tags: National Lottery Fund, News, Out of the Darkness