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Remember RAF 100: A history lesson with a difference

The 'Remember RAF 100' project is being worked on by Warndon Library and the 13th Worcester Scouts with the aim of uncovering the lives of some of the many RAF casualties buried in Astwood Cemetery in Worcester.
The project is designed to raise awareness of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF and encourage learning about the counties history as a family.
Published Friday, 4th May 2018

A Worcestershire library is working with youngsters in a scout group to uncover the lives of some of the many RAF casualties buried in Astwood Cemetery.

The 'Remember RAF 100' project is being worked on by Warndon Library and the 13th Worcester Scouts with the aim of uncovering the lives of some of the many RAF casualties buried in Astwood Cemetery in Worcester.

The project is designed to raise awareness of the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF and encourage learning about the counties history as a family.

James Robertson, Library Customer Advisor at Warndon Library said:

"The 'Remember RAF 100' project provides an exciting and very rewarding  opportunity and  the youngsters have really become engaged and shown a real appreciation their local history. It is a topic that they are all working hard on and really taken to and hope this encourages them to continue exploring the past in the future."

The Scout group began visiting the library at the end of April  as part of their research into the lives of members of the RAF from the First World War and Second World War buried in Astwood Cemetery.

As well as two further sessions at the library, their research will see the Scouts take a trip Astwood Ceremony, to see the graves of the RAF casualties they are researching.

The project has allowed the Scouts to access ancestry and additional books and  websites that aren't readily available, as well as to a variety of library resources to improve their research skills and learn about the history of their local area.

A display of the research will be created for the public to view up in Warndon Library and the Fairfield Centre towards the end of June.

'Remember RAF 100' is supported by Worcestershire World War 100 Project, the Big Ideas Company and RAF Museum Cosford who are all behind this community-based idea.

It is hoped that the project will be completed with a celebratory trip for the Scouts to RAF Museum Cosford, in celebration of all their efforts.

Worcestershire is home to 24 libraries, offering a wide range of activities and services including a music library and a mobile library service.