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Museum seeks stories of Swaffham’s war

First World War exhibition by Swaffham Museum at the Indoor Market in the Swaffham Assembly Rooms.
Mark Taylor volunteer at the museum

First World War exhibition by Swaffham Museum at the Indoor Market in the Swaffham Assembly Rooms. Mark Taylor volunteer at the museum

Volunteers from the Swaffham Museum have turned the clock back to 1914 to launch their appeal for residents’ stories of how the First World War affected the town.

Staff from the London Street site ran the first of a series of weekly stalls at the town’s indoor market last Friday, which they hope will encourage local people to share their families’ experiences of the conflict.

Learning officer Sian Hogarth said there had been a lot of interest in the stall, which launched the museum’s forthcoming exhibition on the war, which will open at Easter.

She said: “A lot of people stopped and chatted to us about what we were doing and the great thing is they told us some stories about their grandparents’ or father’s reminiscences.”

The museum, which re-opens to visitors on February 14, is also planning to host a children’s activity day on the theme of the First World War during the half-term holiday next month.

The event will take place on Wednesday February 19 from 10.30am and will give youngsters the chance to look at military uniforms from the time, as well as other items in the museum’s collection.

There will also be the chance to learn about Morse code.

Anyone who is either interested in taking part in the exhibition or the activity day should phone the museum on 01760 721230 and leave a message.

 

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