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Uncovering Stories: York's Normandy Veterans

06/06/2019

18:15 - 19:45

York Explore

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Uncovering Stories: York's Normandy Veterans

How does an archives service cope with fast-moving events in the 21st century? How do you archive the memories of people before it's too late? Discover how Explore worked with the York branch of the Normandy Veterans Association on a project to safeguard their archives and memories for generations to come. Join archivist Laura Yeoman for a talk featuring video clips from veterans discussing their experiences.

Date: 6 June 2019
Day: Thursday
Time: 6.15pm - 7.45pm
Venue: York Explore Library (Marriott Room)
Tutor: Laura Yeoman
Cost: £6, or £5 with a YorkCard

How does an archives service cope with fast-moving events in the 21st century? How do you archive the memories of people before it's too late?

This was the problem facing archivists at Explore, when they were approached by the York branch of the Normandy Veterans Association in summer 2014. In line with branches across the UK, they were being disbanded as part of the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day and were looking for their voices to be heard.

Archivist Laura Yeoman will explain how Explore worked with York's surviving Normandy Veterans to safeguard their archives and memories for generations to come. Her illustrated talk will feature video and audio clips from the veterans discussing their experiences.

Find out more about the Normandy Veterans project, learn what Explore now holds in the archive and discover what archivists need to think about in the modern age.

An exhibition related to this talk - York's Normandy Veterans - will be held at York Explore Library on Thursday 13th June 2019.

'Bomb Happy' a play by local playwright Helena Fox and based entirely on the Normandy Veterans archives held at Explore, will also be staged at York Army Museum from 14th to the 16th June 2019.

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Anyone with an interest in the work of archives services, or the history of the Second World War.

A greater understanding of the experiences of York's Normandy Veterans, and of the role of archives services in the 21st century.

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