As part of the Longden, Ford, Rea Valley WW1 Digital Archive Project which was launched at Mary Webb School in Pontesbury  on 25th June 2014, students from the school visited the Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury.  During the visit, students were given a tour and a talk by Mrs Liz Young, who had sorted out a huge array of fascinating articles and documents about Shropshire during the Great War. The students agreed that the visit provided invaluable inspiration for the project.

Jack Tudor filming on his iPad at Shropshire Archives

Jack Tudor filming on his iPad at Shropshire Archives

Students from the school have been busy interviewing local people about their personal experiences and looking at artefacts from WWI that members of the local community have kindly offered to share with us. History Makers aims to find evidence of what happened to ordinary people during WW1 and to produce a digital community archive and travelling exhibition. We are looking for photographs, medals, letters as well as stories and anecdotes, all sorts of things that can build a picture of what life was like during the First World War.

If you would like to take part in the project with personal stories of your own, please visit the website; [email protected] or contact the school on 01743 792100, leave your contact details and a member of the WW1 History Makers team will be in touch.