DDH Youth Board starts work on digital history of wartime

Youth Board members CJ Smith and Jordan Gray at Daventry Museum
Youth Board members CJ Smith and Jordan Gray at Daventry Museum

A digital scrapbook of local stories and memorabilia about the First World War is being compiled by members of the Daventry and District Housing Youth Board.

As part of Daventry & District Housing’s continued Centenary Commemorations of the First World War, the DDH Youth Board have decided to create a digital family history book featuring the stories, photos, artefacts and memories of people that lived in the Daventry district during the conflict.

Youth Board members hope to include the names of the local men that died during the War and feature detailed profiles on as many of them as possible. The young people are also keen to discover any family connections that local people have with those that fought in WW1.

Once the digital scrapbook has been created it will be available to view online and will also be presented on a tablet computer to Daventry Museum in October.

As part of the Daventry and District Remembers WW1 Centenary Commemorations, and in conjunction with Daventry District Council and Daventry Town Council, DDH sowed poppy seeds at all seven of its sheltered housing scheme in April.

The Daventry & District Housing Youth Board, which works closely with the current DDH Board, is for local young people aged between 12 and 17-years-old. They meet once a week and play an active role in DDH communities and make a difference to DDH services.

Youth Board members, CJ Smith and Jordan Gray, are pictured above doing some research for the book at Daventry Museum.

Katie Jones, Youth Development Officer at DDH, said: “Our Youth Board members are really passionate about this project as they want to create something that future generations will be able to look back on and discover what the young people of today thought of the War 100 years after it started.

“If you have a story to tell, photographs of the town, people or any memorabilia that you would like to be included in the scrapbook, or if you would like to share your own reflections in the form of poetry, artwork or however you choose, then we’d really like to hear from you.”

If you would like share your World War One memories with the DDH Youth Board, please call Katie Jones on 01327 707500 or email getinvolved@ddh.org.uk