The First World War touched the lives of thousands of families across Northern Ireland. 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and a number of exhibitions and events are planned to take place across the province to commemorate this significant date in time.
Springhill, Moneymore has its own First World War story to tell. In 2014, visitors to the National Trust property will learn of the story of Jack Lenox-Conyngham who fell leading his battalion in 1916. Jack Lenox-Conyngham was born at Springhill House and served with the Connaught Rangers. His story is one of bravery and heroism which will capture the hearts of many.
Springhill will present Jack’s story through an exhibition and programme of events in 2014, however the exhibition is not complete without the stories of the local community and the men and women from the surrounding areas involved in the Great War. Do you have a First World War story to tell?
The curatorial team at Springhill are appealing to people in the local area to come forward and share their stories, memorabilia and artefacts from friends or family members who might have fought in the First World War. The team is also interested to hear the stories of how the local people adapted to life on the home front during the war.
Springhill will host a First World War open evening in the Springhill Visitor Centre on Wednesday 21 August from 6.00-9.00pm and the local community are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Please contact Springhill House Steward, Stephen Byrne on 028 8674 8210 for further information.