1918 - 2008: Ninety years of Remembrance at Exeter Central Library

Precious diaries, medals, photographs, letters and poems from World War One are being sought for a special free event being held at Exeter Central Library.

Precious diaries, medals, photographs, letters and poems from World War One are being sought for a special free event being held at Exeter Central Library.

1918 - 2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 8, from 10am - 3.30pm.

Devon County Council is working with BBC Learning to host this opportunity for visitors to look, share and remember those who served and those who lost their lives.

Visitors are being asked to bring along any family memorabilia they have from the Great War. With volunteers on hand to help with the technology, these will be photographed or scanned and put on a Wall of Remembrance on the BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance

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1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance is a BBC campaign to mark the 90th anniversary of Armistice. Events are being held across the country with the aim of unifying and personalising the act of remembrance and bringing World War One vividly alive in the present day.

The Library will also be putting on display books and other material from the period, including a large painting of a WW1 battle and copies of original photographs of a temporary hospital set up in Exeter, together with extracts from a scrapbook of letters of thanks from various wounded soldiers to a particular nurse. These are all handwritten, often in pencil and peppered with sketches, poems and jokes. The original hospital items are held at the Devon Record Office.

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There will also be an opportunity to look at genealogical websites and explore family history.

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