The First World War moved into the 21st century at a multi-media exhibition held by Milton Keynes Library.
Living Archive Milton Keynes organised Thursday’s event which used a variety of modern displays to tell stories from the conflict, along with customised educational resources and a specially created website.
And there was also the official launch of the Archive’s new book Book Of Days which shows how the people in Milton Keynes coped during the war, with stories of everyday lives on the Home Front, soldiers’ memories, diaries, photographs, and letters. The Living Archive Band performed a collection of their wartime songs inspired by the collection.
Councillor Sarah Betteley, lead member for community engagement and empowerment at Milton Keynes Council, said: “The Living Archive have organised a fantastic event this evening which has given us all the opportunity to learn more about the Great War. Their Book Of Days is a fantastic resource and I would encourage anyone with an interest in history to check it out.”
Melanie Jeavons from the Living Archive said: “We hope this project will inform younger generations as well as preserve and celebrate individual contributions to the war effort, however small.
“We hope to balance national views and the propaganda with the local, personal and emotional responses.”