Sharing stories of the Great War

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You are invited to join us on Saturday 8 March to share the stories, memories and artefacts that link your family to the First World War.

We're holding the event as part of our activity remembering the centenary of the Great War and our production of The Christmas Truce.

You can drop in at any time between 10am – 3pm at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, to meet the creative team, share your stories or begin researching your family history.

Meet the director and writer of The Christmas Truce
Come and meet the director of The Christmas Truce, Erica Whyman, writer Phil Porter , and other people from here at the RSC who are keen to learn more about Warwickshire and the surrounding area's connection to the First World War.

We are hoping you'll come along and share stories, photographs, letters or any other artefacts on the day as we build a picture of local people's connections to those who fought, and those who stayed at home, 100 years ago.

Talking about the day Erica Whyman says: 'Phil is currently in the middle of writing the play. It's a story that is deeply rooted in local history, so we'd both really like to hear from people from the area who have something to tell us about their family's connection with The Great War and The Warwickshire Regiment. We can't promise that these stories will make their way into the play, but they will certainly help us in shaping it.'

Do some research of your own
The event will also be a chance for you to find out how to research your own family's historical involvement with the War. Representatives from the Royal Warwickshire Regimental Museum, a historian who specialises in helping people discover their family history and computers with relevant online resources will all be available on the day.

And in the meantime, in The Christmas Truce pages on this website, we've put together a list of some of the best online research websites available so you can begin your exploration today. Find out more.

Image of the First World War Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aston, Birmingham. Reproduced via a Creative Commons Licence from Flickr user Elliott Brown.

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