Re-enactments, songs and games help visitors relive life 100 years ago as part of World War One centenary (From The Northern Echo)
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Stockton's Central Library holds special event ahead of centenary of outbreak of war
VISITORS to Stockton got to learn more about World War One as part of a special commemorative event at the weekend.
The town’s central library hosted Stockton Needs You, a day of activities for people to hear the sounds and see the sights of the “war to end all wars”.
The event was part of a series of events, projects and exhibitions ahead of the war’s centenary in 2014.
Visitors could share their memories of the war as part of a new ongoing project and the library started a montage of wartime family and military photographs to remember the families involved.
Specialist researchers from Teesside Archives also held a drop-in session for anyone wanting to explore their own family’s military history.
Dedicated to bringing history to life, historical interpretation group, The Time Bandits, were on hand to help visitors relive history with first-hand accounts of the war.
They read excerpts from poetry and letters of local men and women in the war, and performed dramatic battle re-enactments in full costume throughout the day on Saturday.
As well as displays of photographs and books, visitors could see what life was like for soldiers in the trenches of the Western Front. Replica Army rations and samples of the types of food soldiers were shown together with memorabilia from Beamish Museum and the Heugh Battery Museum.
There were also children’s games from the era and songs being performed.
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