Bolton residents can help make history by sharing their family mementos from the First World War. On Saturday, November 24, Bolton History Centre is inviting the public to bring along their stories, photos and objects from the conflict to be digitally scanned and archived. The centre, located in Bolton Central Library, will be open from 10.30am to 3pm and visitors will also have the chance to learn more about their military ancestors. The event is part of the nationwide Lest We Forget project, organised by the University of Oxford and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which aims to record as much information as possible about the war during the centenary of its final year. The centre is also looking for contributions to the Bolton Remembers database, a digital record of every serviceman from the borough who fought in either world war. On the day, there will be a help desk staffed by the Bolton Family History Society to help visitors find out more about their relatives’ experiences. There will be tours of the archive’s strongroom at 11am and 1pm. At 12noon and 2pm there will be a short discussion about First World War artefacts in the museum as well as tours of the Town Hall’s Hall of Remembrance. Places can be booked on the tours by calling 01204 332185. Pictured is Boltonian Fred May, aged 16, in 1914 and served until 1918. Fred donated his WWI mementoes to Bolton Museum, together with some photographs, including one of him in his R.A.M.C. uniform.
Sat 24 November , 10.30am to 3pm