The Somerset Remembers Community Archive is a place to share your stories and research on the First World War in Somerset.
We are looking for letters, diaries, photographs and memories of the county during the conflict, both relating to those serving abroad, but also to the roles and experiences of those who remained at home. Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infantry? Did an ancestor leave school to work in a war time industry or to help with the production of food? Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family? Or have you been researching your village to mark the centenary? If so we want to hear from you.
Once the stories are uploaded to the Community Archive they will become a research resource for anyone interested in Somerset for the war years, and will help to make a complete picture of the county’s war effort. The archive will also stand as a monument to the men, women and children of Somerset who contributed to the nation’s cause and to mark the legacy the war has had on today’s communities.
The Somerset Remembers project is being led by the Somerset Heritage Service, who received Heritage Lottery funding in 2013 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Somerset Remembers is exploring the impact and long-term legacy of the conflict on the county. The project is themed around ‘remembering’ and will look at the many ways in which Somerset people and communities have remembered the Great War.
Do I need to be from Somerset to upload a story?
If you live in Somerset today, or if your story relates to Somerset people or events in Somerset we want to hear from you.
By Somerset what do you mean?
We are looking for stories which relate to the county of Somerset in 1914-1918, so this means the pre-1974 county boundaries – to include Somerset, South Somerset, West Somerset, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset.
Can I upload a story without an image?
Yes please! Many memories or passed down stories won’t have an image, but we do not want to lose this information. Sometimes a remembered tale gives the best story, and there may not be any other record of it in the archives of the county.
What will happen to my story once it is uploaded?
Uploaded items will first be moderated, to check that they don’t say anything offensive and that they are relevant for the Community Archive. If irrelevant we may suggest an alternative site for them to be added to. The details will then be available on the website for others to view. The website will run for the duration of the centenary. Some of the uploaded details may be used to form a published history of Somerset during the First World War.
Why do I need to register?
We have asked people to register before uploading a story so that we can contact you if necessary. We may want to include a copy of your image of details of your research in future work of the Heritage Service and we would need to contact you to ask permission.