Collection day

People’s History Museum and Amsab Institute of Social History (University of Ghent, Belgium) present a Collection Day Belgian refugees in Britain during the First World War. 

Do you have a forgotten story to tell?
Come to the People’s History Museum on Saturday 21 November 2015, 1-5pm

Like in 1914, Europe is facing a dramatic refugee crisis right now. Although it is difficult to draw many parallels, the history of the Belgian refugees in Britain during the First World War does bear some relevance to today. The People's History Museum, Manchester, and the Amsab Institute for Social History, Ghent (Belgium), have joined forces for a shared event at PHM on Saturday 21 November, 1-5pm.

That day, people who have Belgian ancestors or who have ancestors who hosted Belgian refugees during the war, are invited to come and recollect together with a few specialists on the subject.

Through this collection day, Amsab ISH hopes to uncover more family stories from the time but also pictures, drawings and other significant material.



1.30 – 2.15pm

·        Introduction about PHM, Amsab-ISG (Institute of Social History) and Belgian refugees (in Manchester) – 5 minutes

·        A brief history of the Belgian refugees in Britain during WW1 – 20 minutes

·        Introduction to the project by Amsab-ISG ‘Belgian Refugees 1914-1918’ – 5 minutes

·        An example family history – 5 minutes


2.15 – 4.45pm

·        the chance to be talking to project researchers and ask them questions about family history

·        the opportunity to be contributing family histories to the project 

·        if you have any iconographical material (pictures, sketches, letters, diaries, leaflets, programmes of charity events, registers…), there is an opportunity to have these scanned and digitized


People’s History Museum
Saturday 21 November 2015, 1-5pm