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Crawley Library staff digitise history

jpco 26-3-14 Tim Stanton at the World War One project area in Crawley Library  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140325-102445001

jpco 26-3-14 Tim Stanton at the World War One project area in Crawley Library (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140325-102445001

More than 150 volunteers have helped digitise newspaper reports published during World War One.

Hundreds of copies of the Sussex & Surrey Courier – which later became the Crawley Observer – have been added to Crawley Library’s digital stock, meaning people can research the period by searching through the articles using key words.

With the centenary of the outbreak of the 1914-1918 war falling this year, staff at the library have been researching case studies of individual local servicemen.

Their work also covered topics such as boy soldiers, conscientious objectors and the treatment of the enemy in West Sussex.

The research will culminate in the launch of the Great War West Sussex website in June as well as the publication of a new book; Great War Britain: West Sussex, which will be produced by History Press in August.

The work is part of a county wide project called West Sussex and the Great War.

Run by West Sussex Library Service and West Sussex Record Office, it has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Describing some of the coming events at the library, in Southgate Avenue, information librarian Tim Stanton said: “Between the centenary of the outbreak of the war in August and Remembrance Week in November, Crawley Library also hopes to run family history advice surgeries and talks covering subjects such as life in Crawley at the outbreak of war and the career of first soldier from Crawley to be killed in the conflict.”

For details, log on to www.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries

 

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