Tuesday, 29 July 2014

NEW Website

The BradfordWW1 website has been updated and improved. 

One of the major improvements is to the Name Index which now includes the name and address of the individuals if provided in the records. This should help confirm whether it is your ancestor or not, please contact me if you want further information about the name index.

The list of links has also been updated and the Timelineshould also be working more effectively now.

If you have stories about your ancestors in WW1 I recommend that you add the information to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of WW1 website which aims to piece together the Life Stories of more than 8 million men and women who made a contribution during the First World War.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Children in WW1

This week I have been busy providing interactive sessions with 60 children from 2 schools each day at Bradford City Library as part of their Children’s Book Week Programme (pictures to follow hopefully). The sessions on life for 'Children in WW1' have gone down well with the teachers and the children who get involved in an argument over a ruler and learn how the war broke out. They also had the chance to see the film strip made by a 9 year old boy, Charles Harold Wood, during the war and that really captured their imaginations. If you would like me to visit your school to talk about children or any other aspect of WW1 please email me.

The West Riding Ruggers have also been at the Library helping the children to make a reading rug for the library with a poppy design that was produced in association with the children. 

Watch out for next weeks post when Bradford was overrun by  bikes in 1915 just as it will be this weekend for le Tour de France.

Friday, 27 June 2014

100 years on

The 28 June 2014 is the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of events that led to the outbreak of the first work war. However it was 3 weeks before Austria Hungary issued their ultimatum to Serbia giving them just 2 days to respond before they declared war on Serbia on the 28 July 1914.

Over the next few weeks and months you should see some changes to the BradfordWW1 website. I will be updating and reorganising the pages and adding more information. One of the first changes is the timeline of headlines from the Bradford Weekly Telegraph. The headlines will be updated each week during the course of the centenary the first starting the week ending the 28 June.

Bradford is holding it’s ArmedForces Day in City Park on the 28 June and I will be there floating between the Peace Museum’s stall and Bradford YMCA’s Tea Hut handing out leaflets and chatting to people about my book "Great War Britain: Bradford" now available to pre-order on Amazon. Let’s hope the weather holds off as I need to recover from my lingering cold for next week. As part of Children’s Book Week I will be giving interactive talks at Bradford City Library to 60 school children each day on ‘Children in WW1’.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

New BradfordWW1 talks

I have just updated my list of available talks on WW1

There are five new talks from an overview of Bradford’s war efforts to munitions factories and life for children during the war. There are also more interactive talks designed for school children.

My talks are designed to be both informative and engaging and I have had very good feedback from those given so far including

“I attended the talk ‘Musical Beds’  yesterday.   I found it very informative and interesting.  It was surprising where hospitals were sited across the City and surrounding areas... If the talk is repeated I would recommend anyone to go”

Kathryn Hughes' talk on St Luke’s [hospital] during World War 1 was absolutely fascinating and riveting!! But then I love local history. Her talk was liberally illustrated with photos, and a map which she updated with blobs denoting the [hospitals] changing role as the war progressed.”

If you would like to book me for a talk please email