This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk/ (the online picture archive for Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).
This is a dispatch from Orla, one of the Community Librarians based in Great Yarmouth.
In one week in February 1917 there were three reports of local men and their fate in the First World War in the Yarmouth Mercury:
The death is reported of Pte Sidney Charles Cooper of 80 George Street Yarmouth. Pte Cooper leaves a wife and two children following his death at the front in January. He was a 23 year old box maker employed by Mr Mills of Southtown and an old Church Road School boy. Pte Cooper was in the Essex Regiment.
Arthur E Turner of the Royal Naval Reserves is also reported as killed in action. Turner was formerly of Tower Street and his mother was still living at Caister. He was a married father of four with three brothers also in the Navy. Walter Turner was at this time interned in Holland.
The mother of Pte. E. Littlewood is seeking information on her son this month. Pte Littlewood is of B Company, 6th Platoon, 8th Norfolk’s and is late of the 6th Norfolk Cyclists. Littlewood was reported wounded in October and there has been no information since.
Also reported in the Mercury this month is a concert by blind musicians in aid of “our blinded heroes”. This convert of “unusually interesting character” took place at the Yarmouth Town Hall to aid the St. Dunstan’s Hostel for blinded soldiers and sailors. You can find out more about the St. Dunstan’s hostel here
Visit Great Yarmouth library to access the Great Yarmouth Mercury 1914 to 1919 on microfilm, each week gives a fascinating insight into life at home and away during the Great War.
This is just one of several hundred newly digitised original photographs, posters and notices connected with the First World War in Norfolk. The material is held in the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service. Over the course of the next few years the images will be posted on http://www.picture.norfolk.gov.uk (the online picture archive for Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service).
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Zeppelin raids on Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn we are pleased to be hosting an illustrated talk from historian Steve Smith on the topic.
The talk will take place on Tuesday 20th January at 6pm in the Vernon Castle Room on the 2nd Floor of the library.
Tickets are £2 and due to limited space we do ask if you can pop into the library and collect them in advance or email email@example.com to reserve your seats.
On Monday night I had my first opportunity as the new Community Development Worker at Norwich’s Millennium Library to meet some of the young people who have been participating in the WW1 Project with film maker Peter Harmer. Before the film screening I met with the group and Community Librarian, Ben Miller who has been guiding them through their Bronze Art Award, which has been an important tool in documenting and reflecting what they have learnt in a book format. During an atmospheric thunder and lightning storm, we were treated to a sneak preview of the group’s work, and what a talented bunch they are!
In order to the share their work beyond the group and complete the ‘Skills Share’ element of their Bronze Award, friends and family were later invited to join us for the first public screening. The event began with a short presentation from the group. One by one, each young film maker related the diverse range of skills and knowledge they have developed through the process of creating their film; from script development to learning the lingo of film making, the group gave us a thoughtful insight into the dynamism of their experience.
The film itself is beautiful, told from the varying perspectives of a family who have each had to adapt to the often distressing changes inflicted by war, and interspersed with modern day documentary links – it is a poignant and thoughtful work using a range of techniques that have allowed the group to learn more about the specific effects of the war on Norfolk and put themselves in the shoes of those who lived it.
I am looking forward to working with the group in July to curate an exhibition of their work, which will be displayed in the library.
The film itself will be shown together with the animation created by the TS Warriors group working on the project in Great Yarmouth in the Fusion digital gallery at the Forum from the 21st of July – as if you didn’t already have enough good reasons to visit the Millennium Library!
Norfolk Library and Information Service is taking part in a project led by the Society of Chief Librarians which has been awarded £196,110 from the National Lottery supported Grants for the Arts: libraries fund through Arts Council England.
The project we are working on is one of ten pilots taking place throughout the country. The Norfolk Libraries project will focus on working with young people to tell two digital homefront stories – one from Norwich and one from Great Yarmouth.
Work on the Norwich project is underway, with ten young people starting their research and beginning to learn about the film-making process.
Below is a blog from Adam, a Young Ambassador at Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library who has been supporting the sessions, and some photos showing the team in action!