Limerick’s collection of World War One memorabilia will be collected and recorded for European archives next month, in advance of the 100th anniversary of outbreak of the war in 1914.
Following on from a WW1 family history roadshow in Dublin, with hundreds of people bringing memorabilia belonging to family and friends who took part in the war, it is hoped that Limerick people will follow suit. All who contribute will have their stories and items recorded in the first ever online European archive of private stories and documents from World War One, a project led by Oxford University and Europeana, Europe’s digital library, museum and archive.
On Monday, November 5, the Hunt Museum is inviting people to bring their memorabilia - anything from diaries to helmets, and from medals to postcards - to the museum, where it will be digitised and added to the online archive, along with the stories that bring these objects to life. Dr Hugh Maguire, director of the museum, said: “We are hoping people from Limerick and further afield will bring in anything from the 1914-1918 period, be it a family photo, a love letter, some sort of document or object. It doesn’t matter if people don’t know all the background behind it. Once the material is online, then it’s likely that researchers and other individuals will be able to fill in some of those information gaps themselves. It will take place between 10am and 5pm.