The Forum is looking for volunteers to research the legacies of Norfolk Women during the First World War and contribute content to an exhibition to be held at The Forum in November 2018. This may be through written work, exhibition talks or participation in a project film.
The exhibition ‘First World War Women of Norfolk: Legacies’ forms part of The Forum’s 'Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice' project which has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Volunteers will be supported in their research by the Project Historian Neil Storey and will receive training and support in how to research the legacies of Norfolk women involved in the First World War and how roles and perceptions changed as a result of the war. Research topics will include the stories of Norfolk women who died during the First World War, women who worked on the land, women at work, women’s right to vote and the role of women on Armistice Day.
Heritage skills training offered to volunteers will include an introduction to the collections of the Norfolk Heritage Centre and the Norfolk Record Office and how to use online sources for family history and military ancestry research. Volunteers will also receive training in public speaking and media engagement.
If you have an interest in heritage, previous experience of using primary sources for historical research and are willing to promote your project work in the public arena, then this could be the opportunity for you.
This volunteering opportunity is from April-November 2018 but the main research period will be from 12 April-20 August 2018. You will also be asked to invigilate the exhibition on a rota basis, according to availability. The exhibition will be held from 01-13 November 2018.