First war anniversary marked by ‘Moray’s War’ exhibits in Buckie

Buckie’s Library is set to host an open day that will allow people to exchange memories and view memorabilia on the local effects of the first world war.

Expert Derek Bird of the Western Front Association will join local author and researcher John Crawford and historian and writer Jill Stewart.

Members of the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre will be on hand to deal with enquiries, look at photographs, or listen to family memories and comment on any artefacts that are brought in.

Advice and information will be available on tracing military ancestry, medals, uniforms, the events of the war, local war memorials, on those who took part in the conflict and many other topics.

There will also be displays of photographs, posters, old newspapers and films of World War 1, reflecting life on the battlefields and life in Moray and Banffshire at that time.

A spokesman said: “Moray’s War aims to build a permanent record for future generations of the life of Moray and its people, whether at home or overseas during the Great War, with the Banffshire area being of particular interest.

“There is a wealth of material to be gathered about and from the east coastal area of Moray.

“The event offers an excellent opportunity for local people to find out more about the war years and crucially to tell the experts about their families’ stories and contributions and to bring in photographs, postcards, medals, diaries and other memorabilia for copying and photographing.”

The Moray’s War website will be launched in January 2015 as part of the Scotland’s War project which aims to leave a legacy of information and peoples’ experiences for future generations.

The open day is on Saturday, November 29 from 10am until 2pm in the Buckie Library.

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