Meeting people

The RunCoCo team have recently presented our work at a couple of events arranged by local history-related organisations. We are very happy to get this chance to talk about what we do, not least when we can engage with an audience that we may not meet in our academic work.

Picture of RunCoCo stand and visitors

Sharing stories about the First World War

The Oxfordshire Family History Society ran an Open Day in Woodstock on October 6th. Several hundred visitors gathered to explore what the forty exhibitors had to offer. Representatives from societies, publishers, dealers in second hand books and much more could be found in the large venue. The RunCoCo stand invited visitors to explore the Europeana 1914-1918 website, and encouraged them to contribute their own material to the ongoing international collection of stories and objects from the First World War. We also talked about our collection day activities and demonstrated some of our mobile digitisation equipment, explaining how running a collection day can be as big or small a project as you wish.

The Europeana 1914-1918 website

Showing the Europeana 1914-1918 website

The Western Front Association, Worcestershire and Herefordshire branch, held their 2013 autumn conference in Worcester on October 19th. Interest in the event was great, and only the size of the venue meant that participant numbers was held at just under a hundred. Those attending were treated to two excellent talks (‘The Battle of Arras’ by Jeremy Banning and ‘Boy Soldiers of the Great War’ by Richard Van Emden) and also had plenty of time to explore the display stands. The RunCoCo stand featured the Europeana 1914-1918 project, and it was a great pleasure to talk to so many knowledgeable people and hear about the stories and material they hold. We are looking forward to seeing them on the website as they share their stories and material with the wider world.

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