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PHM & University of Ghent present a Collection Day

PHM & University of Ghent present a Collection Day

Belgian refugees in Britain during World War I

27 October 2015

Belgian Refugees 14-18

The People’s History Museum is delighted to be working with Amsab Institute of Social History (Amsab ISH) at the University of Ghent in Belgium to present a Collection Day on Belgian refugees in Britain during World War I on Saturday 21 November 2015, 1.00pm to 5.00pm.

Like in 1914, Europe is facing a dramatic refugee crisis right now.  Although it is difficult to draw many parallels, the history of the Belgian refugees in Britain during World War I does bear some relevance to today.

The People’s History Museum and Amsab ISH have joined forces for a shared event at the museum.  People who have Belgian ancestors or who have ancestors who hosted Belgian refugees during the war, are invited to come and recollect together with a few specialists on the subject in PHM’s Labour History Archive & Study Centre.

Through this Collection Day, Amsab ISH hopes to uncover more family stories from the time but also pictures, drawings and other significant material.  Do you have a forgotten story to tell?

Programme

1.30pm – 2.15pm

  • Introduction to PHM, Amsab-ISG and Belgian refugees in Manchester
  • A brief history of the Belgian refugees in Britain during World War I
  • Introduction to the project by Amsab-ISG ‘Belgian Refugees 1914-1918
  • An example family history

2.15pm – 4.45pm

  • The chance to talk to project researchers and ask them questions about family history
  • The opportunity to contribute family histories to the project
  • If you have any iconographical material (pictures, sketches, letters, diaries, leaflets, programmes of charity events, registers etc), there is an opportunity to have these scanned and digitised