Cheshire’s Great War Stories

This is the blog for Cheshire’s Great War Stories, Heritage Lottery Fund project to publicise the events, exhibitions and activities that are being delivered to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

You can discover some of the Cheshire Great War Stories here, and also find out how you can get involved in the commemoration.

The Great War roadshow

Grosvenor Museum Community Collection Roadshow

On Saturday 9 November 2013, the Grosvenor Museum hosted its own ‘Community Collection Roadshow’ – the third in a series of twelve events occurring in the build up to the centenary of World War One in November 2014. Museum staff were joined by an enthusiastic team of volunteers; some of whom had helped with previous […]

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Mabel and George Leach

Mabel’s War

The Military Museum and the Grosvenor Museum in Chester have been working in partnership to commemorate World War I through a selection of 100 year old note books belonging to Mabel, a Cheshire nurse who collected stories, poems, letters and drawings from the soldiers she cared for in the First World War. The notebooks will […]

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The First Community Collection Roadshow at Chester History and Heritage

On Saturday 19th October the first community collection roadshow was held at Chester History and Heritage when the public were invited to bring in their own Great War Collections so that they could be recorded. Lots of material came in including photographs, documents and objects. The team of volunteers and staff scanned and photographed the items and […]

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Great War Touchscreen Kiosk Tour

Collections of images from across historic Cheshire are now available on 6 touchscreens at local museums and libraries. The photographs show different aspects of the Great War, from the men who went away to fight and never returned, the people left behind, to the war memorials. 4 of the kiosks have permanent homes until November […]

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White Feathers

A heartrending story of a local soldier who sacrificed everything in the ‘war to end all wars’ has been uncovered at Cheshire’s Archive and Local Studies Service. The white feathers – symbols of cowardice were given misguidedly by two different women to Rifleman Sydney Upton, simply because they spotted him walking the streets, without knowing […]

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Wedding Photo

A Wartime Wedding

In August 1916 Elizabeth Barbara Ball married William Huxley at St Michael’s Church, Chester. The photograph shows them posing outside their new home in Volunteer Street. Elizabeth was the daughter of Arthur and Elizabeth Ball of Pitt Street. Her father died when she was a child and her mother started a confectionary business in their […]

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