First World War antiques roadshow for Belfast

The 'East Belfast and The Great War' (EBGW) project will host a First World War antiques radshow event at Willowfield Parish Church in Belfast on Friday 3 October from 3-6pm.

The general public are encouraged to attend and to bring any artefacts, documents or memorabilia they may have which relates to the First World War for dicussion and digital preservation.

Featured at the event will be a display of artefacts from 'War Years Remembered', a mobile museum of collected pieces travelling to schools and public events throughout the UK and Ireland to allow a hands-on approach to history. 

Researchers from the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre will also be present to help interpret objects and artefacts with the ability to digitally record them for future preservation.

Headed by Jonathan Evershed of Queen’s University and coordinated by historian Jason Burke, EBGW is a project created with the goal of building a database detailing every service member (from all branches) of East Belfast during WWI.

Jonathan Evershed, head of EBGW, said: 'A vital part of this project is seeking to understand how the Great War was experienced by the men and women of East Belfast, and central to this are family heirlooms like letters, diaries, photographs and medals. These can help us to tell the very human story of the War.'