Liverpool families researching relatives who served in the First World War can access expert help during a special event this weekend.
The Museum of Liverpool will host a family history day on Saturday (3 September) and representatives from numerous societies and organisations will be on hand to speak to visitors.
The event, taking place from 10.30am until 4pm, will see the museum open up access to a database containing biographical details of more than 90,000 men who served in the King’s Regiment.
Genealogy and research experts will assist attendees hoping to learn more about the regiment, including Pals and Territorials; local men who signed up with other units, as well as advice on how to access local and national research resources.
The waterfront-based museum, which looks after the collections of the King’s Regiment and is currently running a ‘First World War: Charity and Liverpool’s Home Front’ exhibition, will also be giving visitors an up close understanding of military life as it showcases its handling collection.
Plus there will be entertainment including themed family crafts, music and dancing, roleplayers and live demonstrations by the Liverpool Wargames Association.
Ahead of the family history day Karen O’Rourke, curator of urban and military history, says: “Museum of Liverpool’s family history day is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about how your relatives might have served during the First World War.
“This year we have been marking 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, a battle in which local men played a significant role. We expect to have lots of people who’ve seen the centenary commemorations and are interested in finding out more about how their own family might have been involved.”
Experts and historians from the following societies and organisations will be on hand on the day:
- National Museums Liverpool
- King’s Regiment Database
- King’s Regiment Archive
- King’s Regiment Association
- Armed Forces charities
- Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society
- Liverpool Record Office
- Liverpool History Society
- Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund
- Major Paul Knight (local historian – Mesopotamia & Territorials)
- Western Front Association
- Liverpool John Moores University
- Liverpool Wargames Association