Otley Museum & Archive Trust has received £8200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project Legacies of War - Untold Otley Stories. Awarded through HLF's 'First World War:then and now' programme, the project will focus on stories of individuals, families and the Otley community during the First World War and its aftermath.
Our aim is to produce a booklet and to mount an exhibition in the town from August to November 2014. The main focus will be Service and Loss based on research deposited in our archive. Maps will show every person on the town's war memorials at their local family address and detail their burial or memorial sites in areas of conflicts.
Some subjects for accompanying displays will be
The Home Front
Industry - the contribution of local firms
Women at Home and Abroad
Belgian Refugees in the Town
The Impact of Farnley Hall Training Camp on the Town
Post War Experiences
The Museum Collection covering the First World War is extensive. Photographs, documents and objects will be used to illustrate the chosen themes and give a deeper understanding of the part Otley played in this major event.
It is also an opportunity for groups and individuals to share their own stories which will be added to the archive; or to be involved in some way as the project progresses.
Afterwards this resource will be available to everyone in some form for personal research or for loan to local schools and community groups.
ARE YOU INTERESTED? CAN YOU HELP?
If you would like to share your family story; to participate in research;
to volunteer during the exhibition; to help in some other way -
Your contribution will be very welcome
Please contact the Museum and ask for a member of the First World War Team