Farnham Remembers: The 2 minute silence oral history project

Last month, the whole of Farnham turned out to commemorate the centenary of the first two minutes silence in a large town wide event run in conjection by Farnham Maltings and the Museum of Farnham. The commemoration continues in the Museum’s exhibition which tells the stories of the men and women of Farnham who served in WW1 and also looks more widely of the role that remembrance events play in our society.

As part of this project, the Museum are inviting people to participate by offering their very own family stories and thoughts on remembrance events they have attended or to help as a researcher gathering and analysing this information. You can help:

1) As a volunteer

  • Are you interested in local history?
  • Do you enjoy talking to people?
  • Would you like to learn new skills?
  • Can you spare a few hours to help us in our activities?

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated volunteers with an interest in Farnham, local history or documenting people’s memories. You must be willing to attend a training session to be held at Farnham Museum.

You can help in a number of different ways: recording interviews, writing summaries, selecting and editing oral testimony; research, admin tasks or helping us publicise the project through public events, social media and your networks.

Benefits to you: You will receive training, learn new skills, meet people and be part of an exciting new project. There will be opportunities to carry out research, help select content for exhibitions and the website.

2) Share your memories and thoughts on remembrance events

  • Have you ever attended remembrance events?
  • How do you or would you like to mark anniversaries of war?
  • Would you be willing to share your thoughts?

We are looking for people willing to have their memories and reflections recorded by our volunteers or to send us their thoughts in writing.

We are interested in gathering varied views and experiences – whether you attend remembrance events every year or have never done so, whether you observe the two minutes silence or not, or if you have ever considered the traditions and rituals surrounding remembrance of war and conflict.

For further information or to sign up as a volunteer please contact:

Padmini Broomfield on email FarnhamRemembers@gmx.com

 

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