Award Winning Museum to hold World War I Roadshow and appeals for local stories and memorabilia

Great War roadshowResidents near the Lion Salt Works Museum are being ask to raid their attics and cupboards as part of plans to mark the on-going commemoration of World War I.

On Saturday 30 January, between 10.30am – 4.30pm, the Lion Salt Works and the Heritage Lottery Fund invites anyone from the surrounding area to come to a roadshow bringing with them any memorabilia associated with the Great War soldiers and their families.

Museum staff and members of the British Museum 2014 North West Winner of the Marsh Trust Volunteer Award are interested in hearing the tales behind treasured family keepsakes. Everything is of interest from letters, photographs, postcards, medals, coins, keepsakes, sketches to army discharge papers. Owners of the items will have the opportunity of having their possessions recorded and possibly displayed at an exhibition in July at the Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

The Museum is particularly interested in hearing from anyone from the immediate area of the Museum. Families with surnames such as Armstrong, Boden, Foxley, Grimes, Platt, Ridyard, Tower and Yarwood are shown to be living in the Wincham area in the 1911 Census. In Marston, the census shows families called Birles, Boadbury, Curbishley, Hulse, Neild, Perrin, Stelfox and Yapp, amongst several other. If these families are still in the local area and have keepsakes from the war, staff would be keen to make contact with them.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “World War I had a huge impact on families from around the county and many of us have small personal items tucked away that remember a family member who served – be it as a soldier, stretcher bearer or a nurse. This roadshow is an opportunity of discussing the significance of the items left behind and have them recorded so that the human stories behind the bravery of all who served in the Great War is always remembered.”