Over the past few weeks there have been some exciting changes to my volunteer role at the Kent History & Library Centre and I am now part of a team of First World War Centenary Volunteers. I’m thrilled to be involved and over the next year I’ll be sharing some of the projects the team is working on, the people behind them and First World War material held in the library and archive collections.
The Team includes Julia Booth, Andy Germaney, Tom Weston, Mark Doel and myself, all Time2Give volunteers, who work under the guidance of Sarah Kyne, Customer Support Assistant and Rob Illingworth, the Service Development Librarian, Local History.
One of the team’s main tasks is to collate information for a Kent and Medway WW1 Historical Timeline; a free, online reference point that details the impact of the war on the county. Julia Booth has taken a lead role in this task. As you can imagine, with a huge range of First World War material to draw on, this has been a challenge and Julia’s achievement is amazing – especially considering the other projects she’s been working on at the same time.
The timeline looks like one long elongated picture and, as you move your cursor along the year line at the bottom of the screen, colour coded events appear.
More information is being added all the time and you can find items relating to the following categories:
Air Raids, Aircraft, Airways, Animals, Armistice, Army, Awards, Conscientious Objectors, Disabled Servicemen, Dover Patrol, Explosions, Food, Hospital Ships, Hospitals, Keeping the home fires burning, Labour Camps, Libraries, Munitions, Observation, Peace, Price Rises, Prisoners of War, Refugees, Remembrance, Restrictions, Shelling from the Sea, Sport, Tribunals, Unrest, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) and the Wounded.
As each description appears you have the option to read ‘more’ and, by clicking on the link, you’ll be referred to a screen that looks like the one below and gives, where possible, further research notes.
As a final bonus, whenever a source is held within the Kent Library or Archive system, you will be able to click on the link and see the actual catalogue entry. See examples below:
Coming Soon – Coverage of the rare records relating to First World War Conscientious Objectors from West Kent held at the Kent History & Library Centre.
The archive & local history collections at the Kent History & Library Centre are open to the public and visitors are welcome.
Address: Kent History and Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ
Telephone: 03000 41 31 31 Text relay: 18001 03000 41 31 31 Fax: 01622 696450
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