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Uttoxeter Redfern's Cottage team hold war event

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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FOLLOWING the success of recent World War One-themed events, Uttoxeter's museum is to help families research their history.

Genealogy enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Redfern's Cottage on August 30, when museum staff will have trained archive volunteers on hand to help those mapping their family history.

Popularity of recent events including Meet the Researchers and Town Walks has led volunteers of Redfern's Cottage to include an 'access to the archive' element to their upcoming event 'War is Announced' Experience.

As the month of commemoration of the start of the Great War on the August 4, 1914, comes to an end Redfern's Cottage welcomes visitors to its 'War is Announced' event on Saturday, from 11am until 4pm.

From a Bamford's foreman helping sign up recruits from the Leighton Ironworks to the suffragette who put her politics aside to help the war effort, the attractions at Redfern's will aim to take visitors back in time to 1914. There will also be uniformed officers drilling some Army discipline into those brave enough to don costumes and 'sign up'.

Although it was an extremely difficult time for people all over Europe, the upper classes went on with the usual round of tennis and croquet parties and in honour of that spirit Redfern's Cottage will be teaming up with Roses Coffee Lounge to provide afternoon teas and other refreshments.

Curator Laura Wigg-Bailey said: "At the World War One and town walks events we have run recently we have come into contact with many people who are doing their family histories or have stories about the town to share with us.

"Having an archive volunteer on hand at the time has been so useful for sharing what we have."

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