The EFW outreach team had great fun at Lampton Vaisakhi Mela last weekend, doing some community outreach, recruiting volunteers for the project and promoting our forthcoming exhibition.
We found that the project was of interest across the community; across generations, sexes, socio-economic wotsit and the rest! Basically, all sorts were fascinated and wanted to find out more about their family and community involvement in the First World War.
We met old friends, including people who had enjoyed our previous projects, and we made new ones, who were keen to be involved in this project. We managed to sign up some keen volunteers from all sections of the community for our project.
We got to show people a selection of 100-year old images from the War in 3D, using stereoviewer technology from the time.
We had some interesting artefacts from the war, including original medals won by Sikh soldiers in various campaigns.
We also had an example of the medal the families got when their son, husband, brother or father was killed. It was a truly chilling feeling holding that in your hand and imagining how a family would have felt upon receiving it in place of their loved one.
We even had Hounslow's boys in blue volunteer to take our project posters and put them up in the local nick!
It was a long day but well worth the effort.
Our next outreach outing will be at Slough Nagar Kirtan on the 27th April and then we'll be at the Vaisakhi On the Square event in Trafalgar Square on the 4th May.
Come and see us there!