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Free Project Talk – Soldier’s Stories on Our Streets
March 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Soldier’s Stories on Our Streets was a community research and learning project enabling local people to find out who volunteered to fight in the Great War from the streets in which they live today.
The project was supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Then & Now programme to help mark the centenary of the end of the Great War in Medway.
The project was inspired by the FOMA De Caville Index which was started by Mick De Caville, a local man, who over 25 years ago began a quest to record street by street the men of the Medway Towns who died during the Great War. This was apparently well known in research circles outside of this area but a fantastic resource and little known in Medway.
The aim of the project was to raise awareness of the FOMA Index, whilst training local people in basic archive and research skills, to learn more about the First World War through their family, house and area’s history.
Medway Council’s Heritage Development Officer, Abby Found, and Friends of Medway Archives, Elaine Gardner, will talk about the results of the Soldier’s stories on our street project, with a chance to view the maps and resources. Refreshments will be available. This takes place at Medway Archive Centre, 32 Bryant Road, Strood ME2 3EP; telephone 01634 332901. The centre opens Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. On Saturday from 9 am to 12.30 pm. it is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.