Website will gather facts on fallen of World War I
Waikato Museum has launched an interactive website that will help uncover the untold stories of the men and women of the Waikato during World War 1.
The website www.forustheyfell.org.nz has been developed to crowd-source information for the major exhibition, For Us They Fell, to open in April 2015.
Museum staff will be in Matamata next week to meet the community, demonstrate the website and ask people to share any stories or memorabilia from World War 1.
Waikato Museum director Cherie Meecham said information sourced from the community will complement existing records and information to tell the Waikato story before, during and after World War 1.
‘‘ A surprising amount of information about these men is available via this website from different databases in New Zealand and around the world, but with the help of the public Waikato Museum intends to uncover the untold stories of the Great War.
‘‘The For Us They Fell website is a platform for engagement that also allows visitors to gather information about the thousands of soldiers from the Waikato region, including family members and the men whose names are listed on Waikato war memorials.’’
‘‘The geographic area we will cover in this project is mapped to the Tainui region of the Waikato, which includes the greater Waikato and Coromandel,’’ Ms Meecham said.
For Us They Fell roadshow dates and locations:
Thursday, July 10 – Morrinsville RSA, 2pm3.30pm, Te Aroha RSA 4.30pm-6pm Monday, July 14 – Matamata RSA 2pm-3.30pm Tuesday, July 15 – Putaruru District Services Memorial Club 11am till 12.30pm, Tokoroa Club 1.30pm–3pm, Cambridge Club 4.30pm-6pm.
For more information on For Us They Fell visit www. waikatomuseum. co. nz contact Waikato Museum, phone 07 838 6606 during business hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Us They Fell
For Us They Fell will have major community input and is centred on the mostly untold stories of men from the Waikato district who fought and died in World War 1.
The exhibition will be developed by Wellingtonbased visitor experience company Story Inc in collaboration with Waikato Museum.
Waikato Museum received a $506,233 (excluding GST) grant from the Lottery Grants Board’s Environment and Heritage Fund to develop the exhibition to commemorate the first century since World War 1 in April 2015.
For Us They Fell will open from Anzac Day, April 25, 2015 until Armistice Day, 11 November 2018, to mark the beginning and end of World War 1.