Local people were given a warm welcome at Pontesbury Public Hall by the History Makers team for an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style event.  They brought with them all sort of things relating to the First World War – medals, photographs, trench crafts, postcards, sheet music even two WWI helmets and an ancient shell case! A  steady flow of contributors enjoyed the tea and cake while they chatted with local experts, including representatives from Halls Auctioneers. The project aims to seek out individuals who have a story to tell about their family connections to the War and there were some fascinating discoveries at this event.History makers 3

  • Complete memoir typed by a WWI soldier who was a local family’s grandfather.
  •  The 100-year old football shirt from Mr Howard Davies’ grandfather who lived at Longden.
  • Christmas tins from 1914 sent to the troops on behalf of Princess Mary which would have contained cigarettes and chocolate as well as a small Christmas card.
  • An oil lamp made from a shell casing, part of the trench art which became so popular.
  • A set of newspapers from the Great War years with detail about the Gallipoli disaster

History Makers 2All the things have been catalogued and photographed for the HISTORY MAKERS digital community archive. Students from the Mary Webb School and Science College were there with their iPads to record everything, they have been involved in researching, interviewing and filming for the past 6 months.  Project Manager Yvonne Davies said she was thrilled to see how many people had turned up with such an amazing variety of contributions every one of which had a unique story to go with it that might otherwise never have been shared.

The HISTORY MAKERS website will be launched on Wednesday 21 October, coinciding with an exhibition at Mary Webb School.  A further outing for the exhibition will be held at the Shirehall on 11 December.