HelenToland Posted 20 November , 2013 Share Posted 20 November , 2013 Hi, I've been reading this forum and finding it extremely useful for some research I'm doing for a BBC project called World War One at Home. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/posts/Revealing-the-World-War-One-at-Home-project.) (I hope that by posting this I'm not contravening any rules, I have read and checked the guidelines!) Over the next few months, my colleagues and I will be travelling the length and breadth of Ireland recording stories about how the country was affected by, and connected to, the First World War. This project is unique in that we are concentrating more on ‘places’ rather than ‘people’ and the idea is that we will record, on location, stories about how various sites in Ireland have historical connections to the Great War. Through our audio recordings and collation of archive material, we are building a digital archive through which future generations can explore the war through the lens of their home country. Some examples of the kind of locations and stories that we are looking for are: Location: Bentra Airship Mooring Station, near Whitehead, Co. Antrim The Bentra mooring station was built so that airships travelling from the base in Luce Bay (on the Scottish coast) could be housed safely in bad weather. Location: Finner training Camp, Donegal The Irish army camp at Finner, County Donegal, where thousands of soldiers trained prior to leaving for the battlefields. The camp transformed the social and economic life of this sparsely populated part of Ireland, with a bustling railway hub bringing in vast numbers of men and supplies. Location: Herdman’s linen mill, Sion Mills, County Tyrone By 1914 very little flax was grown in Ireland, even though it had been the mainstay of the rural economy for many years. But the war changed all that and at Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills it was spun into a particularly crucial commodity: the tough, specialist linen for aeroplane wings. From reading this forum I've come up with lots of other interesting locations including the training trenches at the Curragh and Phoenix Park as well as the US Naval Air stations in Cork, L'Derry and Wexford. I wondered what other locations we should be looking at? We want a good geographical spread across Ireland and I thought that by using the extraordinary local expertise of your forum members we might uncover many more stories and locations than we could ever find through our own research. I would be so grateful if forum members might either drop me a line or post a line or two here if any sites with good stories attached spring to mind. Thanks in advance, With best wishes, Helen Helen TolandBBC Radio Ulster Mail: email@example.com Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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