Warwickshire at War
A volunteer led project, listing and exploring the First World War collections held in our Archives, is well underway. Our volunteers are uncovering everything from stories of Belgian refugees who fled to Rugby and set up their own community there, to letters home from Warwickshire men (and women) serving in some capacity on or near the Front.
You can read more details of their research by visiting Our Warwickshire, our community website. Click here to visit Our Warwickshire. It is also hoped that the stories from our collections will prompt the people of Warwickshire to share some of their own stories of the War that may have been passed down from previous generations.
The volunteers’ work has also be turned into an online database that can be used by anyone interested in exploring our collections. Click here to visit the database.
A travelling exhibition of 8 portable banners is available to borrow by community groups and schools, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The topics are Agriculture, Commemoration, Women, the Home Front, Recruitment, the Red Cross, Life on the Front and Refugees. The material comes from the First World War collections at Warwickshire County Record Office and has been researched by volunteers. The exhibition is available for community groups to borrow to support their own commemoration activities. Anything from one to eight banners can be borrowed and the exhibition is free to a limited number of groups in Warwickshire on a first come first served basis. The exhibition can be accompanied by explanatory talks by our staff and volunteers and a demonstration of our database can also be given. Please contact Rowan Fisher on 01926 736397 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
In partnership with Warwick District Council, we have prepared a World War One Loans box for use in school. Please visit our loans box page for more information.
We offer a session based at Warwickshire County Record Office for KS2 children looking at original World War One documents. Please visit our History Detectives page for more information.
We provide free downloadable resources for secondary schools, particularly suitable for supporting the history, English and drama curriculums. Please visit our secondary schools page for more information.
Look out for our First World War themed events for children, families and adults by signing up to get our newsletters. Outlook for adults and young adults; Look Out for children and families. To find out more please click here