AN extensive project is being launched next month to tell the story of Moray and its people during World War 1.
Moray’s War initiative aims to tap into the memories, photographs and artefacts that people in Moray have, to build a complete picture of how the Great War affected the area and its residents.
Throughout Moray, over the next four-and-a-half years, there will be road shows, events, talks and displays inviting Moray’s people to contribute the stories of their family or community at that time, and to share research they have carried out.
The intended result will be the Moray’s War website, forming a comprehensive record of Moray and its people at home and at war. The website will be part of a Scotland’s War national programme co-ordinated by the University of Edinburgh.
There will be a Moray’s War Open Day on Saturday, September 20, at Elgin Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when experts will be on hand to deal with enquiries, look at First World War photographs and memorabilia, and advise on tracing military ancestry. There will also be displays of posters, artefacts, photographs and newspapers of that time drawn from local museums and the Local Heritage Centre.
Before the open day, people are encouraged to search cupboards, drawers and boxes for diaries, letters, postcards, poems, art work and memorabilia of that time and to bring these along. They are also being encouraged to bring along their research or any family stories passed on from those years.
Moray’s War is co-ordinated by Moray Council’s Libraries Service and all libraries, at any time, are committed to receiving any enquiries or contributions to help build the Moray’s War resource.
The service would also welcome the input of volunteers to research Moray’s story or to copy photographs and other material of that time.