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Call up has come for war - memorabilia!

PUBLISHED: 17:45 13 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:05 03 March 2010

YOUR museum wants you… and your war memorabilia.

Organisers at Ipswich Museum have launched an Ipswich at War road show and want residents to search through their attics for wartime photographs, letters and uniforms.

YOUR museum wants you… and your war memorabilia.

Organisers at Ipswich Museum have launched an Ipswich at War road show and want residents to search through their attics for wartime photographs, letters and uniforms.

Concentrating on the home front from the first and second world wars the museum is taking their road show around the area to jog memories.

Tim Havern, from the Ipswich museum, said: "The project stems from the feeling that we don't provide as much local history as we want to. We want to raise the profile of our serious work in the community."

The community project, which is sponsored by the Evening Star and the Ipswich and Norwich Co-operative Society, has started in the Co-op superstore in Carr Street.

At a stand set up in the store, museum representatives will be asking people for their memories and experiences from rationing and shortages to air raids and evacuation.

Beryl Fulcher, president of the Ipswich and Norwich co-operative society, said: "My generation learnt first hand about the war and this exposition will deal with a serious topic and open the eyes of young people."

If the museum is donated or loaned enough memorabilia, organisers are hoping to set up a permanent exhibition, which could also include additional artefacts from the Imperial War Museum.

Bill Knowles, deputy general manager of the Ipswich and Norwich Co-op, said: "This is part of our community support programme.

"We have an educational aspect to our work and are very concerned with education and citizenship."

Councillor John Mowles, said: "People love the idea of seeing things from the past and their parents' past. I am sure we will get a great many people involved."

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