Published Monday, 12th October 2015
Do you have an old wartime heirloom you’d like to know more about or would you like help to get started with researching your family history? Then come along to the Harlequin on 17 October from 2-4pm.
Have you got an old wartime heirloom you’d like to know more about, would you like help to get started with researching your family history or do you want to find out about the important role the borough and its residents played in the First World War? Then come along to the Harlequin Theatre on Saturday 17 October from 2-4pm.
'Discover World War I with Reigate & Banstead' is a fascinating, free, interactive family event as part of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s First World War centenary commemorations.
You can see World War artefacts from Surrey Infantry Museum, or dig out your own memorabilia from the attic to find out more from museum experts. Military historian Ian Chatfield from Surrey Infantry Museum will also be giving a talk about the events of 1915.
Vintage tea, face painting and more
There will be free face painting, entertainment from Stompers Jazz Band, children’s activities and afternoon tea and cakes on sale in the Harlequin café.
You’ll get the chance to research your family history with the help of Surrey Family History Centre and find out more about what part your family may have played in the Great War.
It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the borough and its residents’ role in the conflict through displays and activities.
Surrey Infantry Museum collection
The Deputy Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr David Powell, who will be at the event, says: "This will be a thoroughly fascinating event with something for all ages. We're very lucky to have Ian Chatfield from Surrey Infantry Museum bringing along examples of equipment from World War I from the museum’s collection and to talk about the conflict in 1915. If you're interested in local or military history or just want to find out more about the part your family may have played in the First World War, come along."
For more details and to download a programme for the event, see the First World War centenary page.