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Memories of WW2 - BBC Peoples War

The biggest story gathering event in history:
Do your bit to preserve memories of WW2

As part of Veterans Awareness Week (3rd-10th July 2005), the BBC, the Royal British Legion, the Big Lottery Fund, the Ministry of Defence and hundreds of schools, libraries, museums and community organisations across the UK have joined forces to encourage people to talk about their experiences of World War Two, and to preserve these memories on the BBC’s People’s War website.

The People’s War Storython
Between July 3rd and 10th people are being encouraged to find out the history of their family or community by talking to those who had first hand experience of living through WW2 – from the home front to the front lines, from airmen to evacuees, from joyful moments to tragedy. These deeply personal accounts will provide an insight into a nation at war, and be captured for posterity on the BBC People’s War website, which already has over 20,000 personal stories captured over the last 18 months.

Events where you can meet veterans and find out more about their experiences are being held across the country. Many of these events are bring supported with grants from the Big Lottery Fund, and include a week-long exhibition in St James’s Park in London, and events in schools, museums, libraries and other community organisations across the UK. More details of these events can be found at www.veteransagency.mod.uk or by calling 08000 150 950.

Do your bit
Hundreds of story-gatherers, specially trained by the BBC, will be present at these events to ensure WW2 stories and memories are captured for posterity and added to the BBC People’s War site.

2005 is ‘Year of the Volunteer’, a major project to support and encourage people to become volunteers. The focus for July is veterans. The Storython provides a great opportunity for anyone to ‘do their bit’ to help veterans to tell their story and record it on the People’s War site, as well as providing opportunities for veterans to volunteer to tell their stories, or to help others tell theirs.

You can add your story to the BBC People's War website at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2. Alternatively you can call 08000 564 756 for details of how to add your story to the archive or to offer your services as a volunteer story-gatherer in Scotland.


Royal British Legion at Melrose

WW2 Service

WW2 Veterans Reflect

Old Soldiers Meet at Melrose

Date: 07/06/2005