Reveille will enhance the Cotton Town website through the digitisation of Blackburn and Darwen’s Rolls of Honour and specifically, in the first instance, with a focus on the men who died in France with no known grave and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. With the aid of volunteers and the input of local people, Reveille will create a legacy of virtual headstones, complete with obituary details and contemporary headlines from newspapers. It will set each death in date context by providing an insight into what life was like both in the arena of war and on the home front.
Reveille will also explore the message of reconciliation which came out of the war as Blackburn forged links with the town of Peronne, sited close to the Somme. Shared suffering fostered friendship with money raised for restoration projects and a significant, post-war, civic visit to France. The account of this event and the work completed, pre-visit, will again be digitised and stored for the benefit of future generations.
Reveille is a people’s project which will draw on the skills of volunteers and encourage reminiscence. There will be a series of promotional events staged through the year across libraries and the museum, which will invite today’s citizens to participate and gain knowledge of events one hundred years ago.
The first date in this programme is the launch event, scheduled for Tuesday 5th August at Blackburn Library (2.00 – 3.30pm). Local historian, Les Bond, will give a talk on the Accrington Pals after which more details of Reveille will be shared. The event is already publicised via local libraries, but we are pleased to offer some complimentary tickets to relevant local societies (in this case the Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society). Their number is limited and the tickets will be handed out on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Please contact either Isabel Ormerod on 01254 587662 or Jean Gabbatt on 01254 587937 by Friday July 25, 2014.