Thank you to everyone who helped to make Anstey’s WW1 Community Sharing Day such a huge success!
Throughout the day people travelled to our village library, some travelling for over an hour to reconnect with their past here in Anstey. Groups of friends who had not seen each other for over 50 years were reunited. It was a very happy day.
The event was funded by Century of Stories, a Heritage Lottery Funded project to help people in Leicestershire communities reconnect with their WW1 past, and they were able to bring along experts in preserving photographs, recording memories and researching family history. We also had a poppy making and semaphore session for children.
Loughborough Local History Volunteers had researched all of the names on the Anstey War Memorial and these were displayed in alphabetised folders for visitors to search for the names of loved ones. The Loughborough team were with us throughout the day, and on hand to answer questions. The folders of soldier names are now kept in the library, and available on request for anyone wishing to look through the archive – or indeed add new information to it.
A big thank you to our very own local expert on Anstey, Brian Kibble, who worked throughout the day with local residents, sharing his detailed knowledge of the village and curating his Anstey Millennium Collection of photographs.
What next? We’re going to be continuing our project collaboration with the brilliant team at Century of Stories – and are currently discussing the possibility of a monthly local history cafe for the community to continue to share their stories together. If we don’t already have your details and you would like to be kept informed, please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org – and like our Facebook page to hear about all of our upcoming events.
See below for lots of photos, feedback and a video from the day…