WWI Documents on display in Northamptonshire

Unique World War One documents on display across Northamptonshire

Images and copies of documents relating to World War One, many of which have never been displayed, are to go on show in county libraries.

The records, which are held by Northamptonshire County Council’s archives service, will be on display at selected libraries across the county between 14 – 21 November.

The exhibition includes letters sent home from the front by Arthur Bonham from Northampton. The letters give a first hand account of life in the trenches, gas attacks and references to what would become known as the Battle of the Somme.

The exhibition is part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign, which aims to encourage people to explore the rich heritage preserved in county archives.

Cllr Jim Harker, leader of the county council, said: “Every day at the archive, staff and visitors discover new things, whether it is a will from the 15th century showing the possessions of an ancestor, or the signatures and seals of royalty, it’s all here.”

“Our role is to preserve these unique documents for current and future generations to enjoy, and this exhibition is one part of that.”

The documents can also be seen at the Record Office at Wootton Hall Park, as well as the following libraries: Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Wellingborough, Towcester, Rushden and Corby.

There will also be a small display at the Record Office showcasing records related to many of this year’s anniversaries; such as Magna Carta and the Battles of Agincourt and Waterloo.

WWI poster