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Family History Day – fun for all the family

18 November 2015 by Karen O'Rourke

Handle World War One object at Family History Day

Handle World War One object at Family History Day

Over the last couple of weeks I have talked about the amazing research resources that will be available at our Family History Day, this Saturday 21 November, but there is so much more on offer at Museum of Liverpool. The Up for Crafts team have joined us for the last few years, to make embroidered postcards. This year they have launched a new project, Socks, Pincushions and Stories and visitors can come along and make a ‘sweetheart’ pincushion and maybe share their family history stories. I always try to pop in for a chat, everyone has such amazing stories to tell and even though I’m always busy on the day, it’s hard to drag myself away. This activity is suitable for adults and older children aged eight and up, but our younger visitors can join our education team to hear more about First World War protective head gear and how it changed over time, before having a go at making their own.

Come along and explore our First World War objects that bring to life some of the stories in our displays. Everyone loves to try on the uniforms, and the metal Brodie helmet is always popular – I personally am fascinated by the hard tack biscuits. I’m sure I would eat one if I was cold and hungry in the First World War trenches, but given the choice, I’d much rather have a chocolate digestive!

Model soldiers, similar to those used by Liverpool Wargames Association

Model soldiers, similar to those used by Liverpool Wargames Association

2015 is the anniversary of many famous battles. At Family History Day, for the first time, we are staging a battle in our atrium. Thousands of soldiers will face each other across the reconstructed European battlefields of Loos (1915) and Agincourt (1415) as we look at 500 years of war. The Liverpool Wargames Association are staging the battles for us and giving our visitors a unique opportunity to see how a battle is fought and won (or lost, depending on which side you chose). You’ll be perfectly safe as the battlefields are in miniature and the soldiers are models, less than an inch high! As well as commanding entire armies, some of the team will be on hand to talk about the tiny model soldiers and how they paint the most intricate details onto the uniforms.

No Family History Day would be complete without a little music, this year Pagoda Youth Orchestra will be joining us to share some classic First World War songs.

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