Share your experience of WW2 at Merton Libraries

Volunteer website guides to help showcase the BBC People’s War website

From 11 November, anyone with memories or an interest in World War II can take part in an exciting new project called the People’s War, a website being run by the BBC which will feature in three of Merton’s libraries. We are also looking for volunteers interested in lending their time to help others access the website to record their stories, as part of Merton’s ongoing Lending Time project being run by Merton and Community Service Volunteers (CSV).

The project is a joint initiative between the Services to Older People scheme (run by Merton Library & Heritage Service) and the Lending Time scheme. The People’s War will be featured at West Barnes, Pollards Hill & Morden libraries, where volunteers will be on hand to help people view the website and use it to record their own memories. It is hoped that a massive archive of personal stories will accumulate, which can be kept as a real testimony to the war years, and shared with others now and in the future.

If you are experienced in using the Internet, then why not lend your time to assist with the project by acting as a volunteer website guide. CSV and Volunteer guides will help to introduce new users to the site and show those with less experience of the Internet how to navigate through the site and record their own stories.

Andrew Chadwick, Lending Time Project Manager says: “Website guides can help so many people to get involved. It’s a really rewarding role which is why we are very keen to hear from anyone interested.”

Wendy Siemaszko, Older Person’s Library Development Officer says: “Many people have so much to share about the Second World War. Introducing the People’s War website in Merton’s libraries makes this an ideal opportunity to record personal stories in a unique way”

The website will be featured at West Barnes, Pollards Hill & Morden Libraries for two weeks from 11 November on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 4pm.

For more information, contact Andrew Chadwick on 020 8648 4070

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