Libraries history month centres on VE Day celebrations

This story was published 6 May 2020

The 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day are the focus of North Yorkshire’s Local and Community History Month 2020.

History month

Libraries across the county are promoting free home access to family history sites Find my Past and Ancestry, as well as e-book and e-audio collections including Second World War and VE Day titles.

Selby library is encouraging its customers to send in family wartime memories and others are highlighting their digital local history collections.

Harrogate library is posting a weekly Then and Now photograph, Ripon library is featuring covers from the Ripon Gazette, and Northallerton library is sharing photographs from its local history collection.

“Even while library branches are closed, this is an opportunity for libraries to show through their online and digital presence how well they continue to engage their communities,” said County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries. “People develop a strong bond through a shared locality and shared history, which helps to create social cohesion, and every community in North Yorkshire has a story to tell.”

Local and Community History Month is a national promotion by the Historical Association to encourage people to discover and enjoy local history. The aim is to increase awareness of local history and encourage everyone in the community to participate.

Find details of all events here or your local library Facebook page.