As part of the First World War Centenary, the fantastic Local Studies Team based in the borough’s libraries are hosting a number of workshops for those with a Kensington and Chelsea connection to explore the lives and actions of their relatives through the period, delve into the archives and reflect on the sacrifices made during the Great War through creative writing….

Workshop: Research your World World One ancestors and Curating WW1 memories   

Kensington BatallionMonday, 27 April: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Chelsea Library 

Tuesday, 12 May: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Kensington Central Library

Friendly staff will be on hand to help to help you use Ancestry to discover fascinating original documents relating to your family in World War One. You will then have the opportunity to create a permanent memorial to your relatives by adding the information you uncover to our Kensington and Chelsea World War One Project website and the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War. Do bring artefacts, photograph and any other items and we’ll be happy to help you upload these, create scans and produce digital copies for you to keep.

Also, do you also fancy yourself as a digital curator or do you simply have an eye for a catchy recruitment poster or striking photograph? Help us choose what should feature on the Kensington and Chelsea World War One website. All participants will have the chance to learn about the website, add material they’ve selected and put up personal responses.

Workshop: WW1 Reading and Creative Writing Group

Tuesday, 28 April: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Chelsea Library

Tuesday, 19 May: 2.00pm-4.00pm, Kensington Central Library

‘Waterlogged trenches, the bodies of the dead lying rotting, their faces hidden from the day that they will never wake to see – these are our surroundingPaul Destrube

Old CountryLetters, poems and other materials from our archives will be set alongside better-known World War One poems and texts in order explore their creative content and contextual influences. This will allow participants to reflect and share thoughts relating to World War One on both a local and wider scale, and to forge more personal connections to the material.

Participants will then work on their own World War One inspired creative writing. This will involve learning new techniques, working alongside a professional writer and devising pieces of writing which reflect upon and respond to the material in our archives.