Il­lus­trated mem­o­ries shared with chil­dren

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A Cen­tury’s Mem­o­ries is a rem­i­nis­cence project which was funded by the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. Dur­ing 2018, some groups of older peo­ple across Bath and North East Som­er­set have con­trib­uted their fam­ily sto­ries and mem­o­ries. They were in­ter­viewed by young peo­ple from Bath Col­lege and Army Cadets. Breath­ing life into the faded pho­to­graphs of a hun­dred years ago, the sto­ries that were shared have been full of in­ci­dent, hu­mour and sad­ness. The late Roma Tomkins re­mem­bered how her father would tell her brother bed-time sto­ries about his time in the war; as a lit­tle girl, she wasn’t sup­posed to hear, but her brother left his bed­room door just ajar so that she could se­cretly lis­ten. Other con­trib­u­tors spoke of fa­thers or grandfathers who lost limbs and their for­ti­tude in man­ag­ing their dis­abil­ity, and the ter­ri­ble ef­fects of ‘shell shock’ – which we now call Post Trau­matic Stress Dis­or­der – that ren­dered men un­able to work or even leave the house. A Cen­tury’s Mem­o­ries is an il­lus­trated, lim­ited edi­tion book which will be given to ev­ery school in Bath and North East Som­er­set, and will be avail­able to bor­row from li­braries. A small num­ber of copies will be dis­trib­uted through other out­lets. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact cen­te­nary_­world­war1@ bathnes.gov.uk

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