'Craven Remembers' WW1 Showcase Event

Tuesday 11 November 2014

Skipton Library - Tuesday 11 November 2014, 10.00 - 3.00pm

Skipton Library presents a showcase event offering people from all over the district the opportunity to discover what life was like in Craven during the early months of the First World War.

As well as exhibits from groups across Craven on the how war affected life in the towns and villages across the district and support from Family History experts to help trace your First World War ancestors, there will be talks by local historians throughout the day.

Speakers include Dr. Smith, head of humanities at the Skipton Academy and author of ‘Tunstill's Men’ , who will speak on the remarkable story which lies behind the recruitment of volunteers across Craven in September 1914 (11.15am); Prof. Alison Fell, Leader of the University of Leeds Legacies of War Project, who will talk about the experiences of the Belgian Refugees who came to Yorkshire in the summer of 1914 (1.15pm), and former Craven Herald editor Ian Lockwood looks at how the war affected life back home in Skipton.

The event is free, but talks are £2 each or £4.50 if you book a place for all three talks. Booking for the talks is advised. Call 0845 034 9538 to book.

The event is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Craven and the First World War project, which aims to build a greater understanding of life in Craven through a series of events over the next 3 years.