Gloucestershire is playing its part in one of Britain's biggest-ever
wartime history projects - but we need your help.
you lived through the Second World War, or you have family stories
and pictures of relatives who did, those memories are an important
part of our history.
the BBC wants to preserve them for posterity so future generations
know what wartime was life in every walk of life.
People's War is an amazing online BBC archive featuring wartime
experiences from the frontline to the Home Front in the words and
pictures of those who were there.
From air raids to rationing, doodlebugs to Digging for Victory,
and of course the joyful celebrations that marked VE Day, the BBC
is marking the 60th anniversary of the end of Second World War with
a campaign to gather as many firsthand testimonies, family memories
and wartime photos as possible for posterity from across the UK.
BBC has launched this hugely-ambitious storygathering project so
that future generations will understand what wartime was like in
every walk of life - from frontline to Home Front. But it can't
be done without YOUR help.
why a BBC Gloucestershire team will be at the Victory in Europe
celebration event at Kemble Airfield, near Cirencester on Saturday
to publicise the People's War project and hear stories from those
at the concert who remember the wartime era.
also hoping to recruit lots of volunteers to help us collect war
memories from people across the county who lived through the Second
if you're not going to Kemble, you can still help the BBC People's
War project right up until the end of 2005:
by sharing your own or your family's war memories
by becoming a volunteer story-collector
YOUR OWN AND OTHERS' STORIES
can do this by:
Adding your story and pictures direct to the People's War website.
Its very simple - just go to www.bbc.co.uk/ww2
and follow the on-screen instructions.
Taking written accounts (handwritten or typed) and photographs to
the BBC Learning Centre at 71-73 Eastgate Street, Gloucester. This
is a People's War Associate Centre where trained staff can show
anyone who is not confident with computers how to add their story
and pictures to the People's War website - or do it for them. Call
01452 418180 for details.
the BBC Learning Centre you can also see the People's War exhibition
of wartime stories and pictures we have already collected from across
here for more about our People's War Day
OUR PEOPLE'S WAR VOLUNTEER ARMY
BBC Gloucestershire/CSV Action Desk at BBC Radio Gloucestershire
is organising story-gathering sessions where anyone who has difficulty
writing their war memories down can share their recollections with
a volunteer story collector.
get in touch if:
you can help with getting a group of elderly people together to
share their war memories
you are IT-literate (familiar with word processing and internet)
and willing to help collect and input contributor's stories to the
Peoples War website
the CSV/BBC Radio Gloucestershire Action Desk on 01452 331133 or
here for more about becoming a volunteer storycollector - and
why it's important to preserve wartime memories
CASH AIDS WW2 CELEBRATIONS
a scheme that's separate but related to the BBC People's War project
called Home Front Recall, there is national lottery funding - grants
of between £500 and £20,000 - available to groups in
Gloucestershire who want to celebrate the contribution their community
made to the war effort.
Gloucestershire is interested in linking up with groups which applied
for funding from Home Front Recall, so the stories and reminiscences
and mementoes they uncover and celebrate are also featured in the
People's War project.
Martin Evans on 01452 331133 or email
email@example.com to find out more.
community department of FE college Gloscat has already received
Home Front funding and is joining forces with BBC Gloucestershire
to organise wartime storygathering activities throughout summer
2005 in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds.
need suitable venues to host these sessions, from community centres
to village halls to local pubs. Please contact John Womersley on
01242 677852 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
by the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the scheme
provides small grants to fund activities across the UK to commemorate
the part played by those on the Home Front during the war years
- among them fire fighters, auxiliary services, dock workers, seamen,
nurses - and people in many other roles including Britain's code-breakers.
scheme also provides funding for veterans who wish to organise or
take part in reunions or commemorative events in the UK.
scheme will fund street parties, services, reunions, parades, and
other community activities that allow all generations to commemorate
and remember the contribution that the people of Britain made in
the Second World War.
an application pack call 08457 458458 - further information is available
from the Big
closing date for applications is May 31st 2005 and activities must
take place before the end of the year.
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