First World War: Harrogate library to mark centenary

Harrogate library
Harrogate library

Libraries across North Yorkshire will be hosting events throughout the year to mark a century since the outbreak of the First World War.

Events will include pop-up museums at Harrogate, where people can bring along objects, documents and family stories to share and record.

Author talks and a travelling display of textile arts by the 1914 -18 Commemorative Quilts and Textiles Group as well as memory gathering and recording events will also be held.

Most libraries are also offering ancestry sessions so people can discover their wartime families and how they lived.

Libraries will display booklists of literature and poetry from or about the First World War and there will be special poetry readings and reading group events in libraries across the county.

Visual displays will range from 1914 Household Hints and Adverts to The Christmas Truce.

County Coun Chris Metcalfe is North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Library and Community Services.

He said: ‘This is a very special anniversary which gives us an opportunity to reflect on and learn from the past.

“Libraries are enabling the general public to join in with discussion and reflection on what history teaches us.

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