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Their Finest Hour digital collection day comes to West Berkshire Museum, Newbury next week





West Berkshire residents will have one final opportunity to contribute their family’s wartime stories and objects to a national project at West Berkshire Museum on Wednesday, January 17.

The event follows two previous successful digital collection days held at Theale and Hungerford last year.

The project is encouraging people to come and share their stories or items from the conflict. Credit: Their Finest Hour
The project is encouraging people to come and share their stories or items from the conflict. Credit: Their Finest Hour

Their Finest Hour is a new initiative run by the University of Oxford working to create a free online archive of wartime stories at risk of being lost forever.

The project team has coordinated more than 70 digital collection days throughout the UK — including 28 in November alone.

The project works with volunteers all over the UK to collect and digitally archive the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War. Credit: Their Finest Hour
The project works with volunteers all over the UK to collect and digitally archive the everyday stories and objects of the Second World War. Credit: Their Finest Hour

And it is now completing its last phase of collection days ahead of the archive going live on June 6 to coincide with the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The event at West Berkshire Museum will run between 10am until 2pm, and will be supported by volunteers and St Bart’s School sixth formers.

For an idea of what to expect on the day, watch the video below from the collection day at Theale.

Please contact gemma.taylor@westberks.gov.uk for further information or to volunteer.

Those unable to contribute in-person can do so online at https://theirfinesthour.english.ox.ac.uk/ from the comfort of their home.



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