There are numerous ways you can get involved in the project – from doing research looking at your own family and their involvement in military conflicts over the years, through to actually working on the project as a volunteer.
We wish to record and enhance the war memorials in Chorley, in particular the cenotaph in Astley Park and the memorial room in Astley Hall. As part of this process, we need to collate the names of all the Chorley service personnel that lost their lives in all conflicts.
Currently, we need volunteers to work with the Lancashire Family History Society and ourselves in the following roles:
- Home-based Data Extraction – This role requires you to have access to a computer and a reasonable level of competence with Microsoft Excel. It will entail viewing newspaper articles to extract data from them onto a prepared excel spread sheet. Full training will be given.
- Home-based Image Manipulation – in this role we need you to have access to a computer and the ability to work with images. This will include the use of software such as Picasa for cropping, rotating, sharpening and exposure adjustment of photographs to produce readable images. Full training will be given.
- Library-based Research – this role is based at Chorley Central Library and will involve searching for articles relating to service personnel, mainly held on microfilm. You will then record any images and details on a prepared form. Full training will be provided.
As the project develops we will be looking for volunteers to help at events such as exhibitions at locations around the Borough, a ‘Chorley Remembers’ Day event in Astley Park during 2011, and leading walks on a heritage trail around the town centre.
If you are interested in any of the above roles or to register your interest for future events and activities, please go to our Contact Us page.