Morley 1914 group calls for First World War memorabilia

People are being asked to take any First World War items to MorleyTown Hall on January 29.
People are being asked to take any First World War items to MorleyTown Hall on January 29.

Organisers of Morley 1914 are encouraging people to search their homes for First World War memorabilia.

The series of poignant events will commemorate 100 years since the onset of the First World War and focus on how this had an impact on life in Morley in 1914.

The Morley 1914 steering group is kicking off the project with an Antiques Roadshow-style free public event entitled WW1 Local History Roadshow.

Morley Town Events Manager Rachael Kennedy, said: “I really would like to get the point across that we are encouraging people to search at home and with families for anything related to World War One whether that be letters, postcards, medals, artefacts or family stories told and passed down by generations. 
“We do not intend to keep these valuable possessions but simply records them for future generations to learn from.”

The roadshow will see a number of academics from the University of Leeds conducting informal interviews with local people to share questions, stories and thoughts.

There will also be a host of local and city wide organisations hosting stalls where people of all ages are invited to look and learn about the era and what effect it had on our local community.

Mrs Kennedy said: “I am working in partnership with Leeds University Legacies of War project and Leeds Museums on this which hopes to be a brilliant way of encouraging local people to share stories, artefacts, documents related to the great war.”

Even if people don’t have anything to bring, everyone is invited to explore the free event on January 29 from 3pm-7pm at Morley Town Hall.

Future events include a street event on Queen Street in August exploring life in Morley 1914 and a memorial service on August 4.