Wirral's wartime links under spotlight in history week

Wirral Globe: Wilfred Owen features in history week Wilfred Owen features in history week

WIRRAL'S links to the First World War will be examined in a week-long celebration of the borough's history.

The event, Wirral at War, will take place at libraries across the borough from April 7 to 12. 

During the week there will be a host of talks and sessions offering insight into the long, eventful story of the peninsula.

This year’s festival has a particular focus on Wirral’s links to the armed forces and those left behind, in the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The week begins at Heswall Library on Monday, April 7, where David Hearn will discuss World War I recruitment posters. It starts at 10.30am.

The week will see talks on Wirral at War, Evacuees, a walk around landmarks linked to Wilfred Owen in Birkenhead and specialist talks describing local links to the Armed Forces.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: "Last year’s Local History Week was a huge success and drew hundreds of people to events right across Wirral’s library network.

"This year's festival focuses on the centenary of the First World War, for obvious reasons, and the huge amount of material stored by libraries and by Wirral Archives will help to illustrate the impact that the conflict had on the lives of ordinary people from the borough."

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