Monday, 9 November 2015

Silverdale Library Set to Remember World War One at special talk

British trenches during World War One

Lancashire County Council's community heritage team is helping people to discover the importance of newspapers of the time as a way of finding out about World War One.

Staff will hold an informative talk at 11.00am on Thursday 12th November at Silverdale Library, Lancaster, exploring how both national and local press reported World War One.

Fiona McIntyre, community heritage manager, said: "We're lucky to have an excellent collection of newspapers dating from this time.

"Visitors will be able to learn more about what was reported and how stories were covered.

"We'll also examine some personal stories, letters, advertisements and obituaries of local people in the newspapers.

"These sorts of resources can be really useful for anyone who is trying to trace a World War 1 ancestor or is interested in this period of history."

• The talk is free to attend but booking is essential as places are limited. Either call 0300 123 6703 or call in at the library to book a place. For more information visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ww1/whats-on.aspx

• Did You Know? The RSPB reserve at Leighton Moss near Silverdale is one of the most important wildlife habitats in the country. But, if it hadn’t been for World War One, it may never have existed.
In the 19th Century, this was rich agricultural land with the water from Morecambe Bay pumped away, using coal-powered pumps. The fertile land became known as “golden” because of its crops but during the war coal became too expensive and the decision was made to turn off the pumps. This let in the water; ruining the land for crop-growing but making it once again a haven for wildlife.

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