Share your memories of war and conflict at Havant workshops

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A NEW project is being launched in Havant to explore how local people have been affected by war and conflict.

The Spring in East Street is inviting the public to share their stories for the Battle Lines project.

This month the centre, with the help of Forest Forge Theatre Company, is hosting two free reminiscence workshops designed to gather personal, familial and social memories.

Stories can be big or small, heroic or of the every day.

Those collected will be used to create three new short plays.

The completed plays will tour venues across Hampshire and be performed at The Spring next March.

The first event takes place from 10.30am to midday next Saturday.

Josephine Payter, education and heritage assistant, said: ‘We encourage the public to bring along a photograph – perhaps of a distant ancestor with an interesting wartime tale, or even a memento that sparks memories. How did war affect family, friends and the community?

‘This is a great opportunity to make memories matter.’

Then on Tuesday, November 26, The Spring will host an event, entitled Army Ancestors. The session, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, will reveal the many types of records which shed light on the careers and lives of soldiers from the past, as well as information that can be gleaned from war memorials.