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Call for local submissions to the county archive as Buckinghamshire Council are set to mark VE day with online celebrations

| May 1, 2020

Buckinghamshire Council are set to mark VE day with online celebrations together with a call for local submissions to the county archive.

The 75th anniversary of VE Day will be marked on Friday 8th May 2020. However Buckinghamshire Council has taken all its commemorations online due to social gatherings not being possible.

To mark VE day, over the weekend of the Early May bank holiday Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2020, the social media pages of Buckinghamshire Council will be sharing stories, photos, videos and even some special performances.

On-line resources provided by the Buckinghamshire library service and Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies can be used to research what life was like in Buckinghamshire during the war. There is even an interactive ‘Bombs over Bucks’ map showing where bombs were dropped in the county during the war.

Residents can also access a range of national online resources using their Buckinghamshire library card. Such as reading contemporary accounts of VE Day with Times Digital Archive or researching the 1939 Register on Ancestry.

The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies is also launching an appeal for family stories, memories, photos and documents connected to the Second World War to expand what is known about life in the county between 1939 and 1945.

The Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, Richard Scott, added; ‘The role of the Centre is to collect, care for, and communicate the history of Buckinghamshire, and the public plays a vital role in that. Any submissions would be stored in the county archive, and possibly used by researchers and historians in the future.

This is a really exciting opportunity for you to be part of local history, so please root around in your attics, your photo albums, or call your grandparents to see if they have memories of Buckinghamshire during the war. We’re wishing everyone a safe and peaceful VE Day 75 across the county, and thank those who gave so much.

Anyone who has something they want to share can get in touch with archive[email protected]. Further details about the Buckinghamshire Council VE Day plans can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council website.

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Council.

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