Looking back over tales from the Great War at Leeds City Museum

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Leeds City Museum is hosting a one-day event tomorrow as part of this year’s First World War Commemorations.

Exploring Leeds and Yorkshire in the Great War has been organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the University of Leeds, Yorkshire Post Newspapers, the WW1 Nidderdale: Leeds Pals, POWs and the Home Front – a regional Heritage Lottery Fund project.

A host of experts will be on hand at the event, which will run from 11am to 4pm, to listen to people’s family stories and look at items of memorabilia as part of this ‘road show’ style-event, which is free to the public.

They will also discuss and take questions on a range of First World War themes in a special panel discussion.

There will be a series of talks, children’s activities and musical performances, as well as a number of displays in different rooms of the museum throughout the day. Topics include ‘100 years of theatre and cinema,’ ‘Yorkshire rugby in the First World War’ and ‘Letters From The Front.’

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for culture and skills, said: “As part of the 100 year commemorations marking the start of the First World War, we are delighted to be hosting with partners this special event at Leeds City Museum, which will offer a diverse and interesting programme of activities for people of all ages.”

Professor Alison Fell, who heads the University of Leeds’s Legacies of War project, said: “Dozens of projects will be highlighted and there will be talks with a broad appeal for people interested in the war and how it affected people from Leeds and the rest of Yorkshire.”

Questions for the panel discussion can be submitted on the day. Follow the event on Twitter via #YorksWW1

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