Memories of war shared

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Sheffielders are today sharing the stories behind objects, relics and family heirlooms from World War One at Western Park Museum.

The University of Sheffield and Museums Sheffield are co-hosting an open day where researchers and a photographer will be on hand to record details of the artefacts and perhaps give some extra insight into the objects.

Information about the relics will be used to build a ‘people’s archive for Sheffield’, contributing to Europeana 1914-1918, an online archive at

Military historian and author Tim Lynch is available to answer questions about the conflict during the day, which also features talks from university researchers, museum curators and history organisations.

Clare Trowell, a local writer, illustrator and publisher with Five Pigeons Press, will be launching her new book, An Elephant on the Wicker, which retells the story of Lizzie the Elephant who worked for T.W.Ward’s during the war.

Visitors will also be able to visit the museum’s World War One themed exhibition.