Telling the story in Knowsley

Published on: Thursday, 04-September-2014

Although a hundred years has passed since the outbreak of World War I, the experiences of those who fought have a deep resonance today, echoed in the lives of our current reservists.

Throughout Knowsley, a range of projects, events and activities are taking place to commemorate this anniversary. 

One such event took place earlier this month which celebrated the people who took part – celebrating their personalities with the help of their family.

Through funding from the Armed Forces Community Covenant, Knowsley Council has established a ‘living archive’ of artefacts, ephemera, oral history and perspectives of today from Veterans, current reservists, and their families to make connections with the past to the present for the future.

The council signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant in 2012 - a declaration by the Public, Private and Voluntary sector organisations within Knowsley of their commitment to afford priority considerations for Armed Forces Services personnel and their families within the areas of housing, education, social inclusion, health and wellbeing and employment and training.

The stories of local heroes will be told through a touring exhibition, educational outreach sessions, walking tours of the borough highlighting sites of importance, a website and database.  This sustainable accessible resource will celebrate the achievements of our armed forces, commemorate their sacrifice, and be a catalyst for future community conversations.

A range of VIPs and dignitaries were invited to a preview of this living archive earlier this month at Kirkby Gallery.

Cllr Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “This exhibition is a product of contributions made primarily by local residents and has been developed to be a lasting commemoration and memorial.  I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and enjoy this fantastic exhibition.”

The exhibition will be displayed at the Kirkby Gallery until 15 November and it will then tour around the borough at schools and community events.