First World War Help Desk

WW1_AncestorsIf you missed Ken and Linda Haywood’s First World War Ancestor Help Desk at Bishopthorpe Library in June, then you can bring your queries along to two separate WW1 events this weekend.

1) Saturday, 21 November at York Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Road, Fishergate. 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Entrance, £1. The Fishergate, Fulford & Heslington Local History Society host this event on Saturday, 21 November. There will be displays, talks, postcards, publications, WW1 uniforms & memorabilia shown by many York and district History Groups and individuals.

Talks: 11.00am: The WW1 Men of Fishergate. 2.00pm: The Zeppelin Attacks on York.

2) Sunday, 22 November at York Explore, Library Square, York.  11.00am to 4.00pm.  Entrance free. This event is part of the Explore Your Archives Week – a nationwide campaign to showcase the unique potential of archives to bring communities together and tell exciting stories.  As well as the Help Desk and York WW1 Index, Ken and Linda will also be showing the original “Chocolate Letters” – the letters sent home to thank the Lord Mayor and Sheriff for the tins of chocolate they sent to York servicemen at Christmas 1914.

Visitors will also be able to see many rare documents held by York Archive.  Visits behind the scenes at the Archive have been arranged at the following times: 11.00am, 1.00pm and 2.00pm.