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Interactive Pals module with 12,000 records now at Accrington Town Hall


A new interactive module with 12,000 records relating to The Accrington Pals has been installed at Accrington Town Hall, allowing people to find out more about their World War One ancestors.

Bringing the history of The Pals to the new generation, the Interactive Pals Module has audio, video and interactive elements - including the ability to send yourself a postcard (free of charge) which includes the details held on record of a lost relative, such as their biography.

Created, built and installed this week by Scott Dawson Advertising, the Pals Interactive Module has already gained interest from schools and community groups who are planning to visit.

12,000 records to explore

Murray Dawson, Managing Director of Scott Dawson Advertising said: "We have been working on this project since 2013. It wasn't something to rush, it had to be delivered in its entirety and do the Pals, plus historians involved, true justice. Alongside the records from Walter Holmes and Bill Turner we have also conducted extensive research into archives, audio files and libraries. Cath Holmes, daughter of Walter Holmes, has also helped and guided us tremendously.
"Our team here at Scott Dawson have converted historical documents, text, and audio-visual records into a single, accessible and intuitive module detailing the history of The Accrington Pals for the first time. Honestly, I feel we have done the Pals proud! We want to encourage people to sit down, explore and learn about our towns heritage, this does exactly that."

The Accrington Pals

Walter Holmes has spent eight hours a day for well over 20 years researching and documenting the history of The Accrington Pals. This installation is a cumulation of his life's work and is being presented to the public for the first time.
The Interactive Pals Module is still growing, despite currently exceeding over 12,000 records. Scott Dawson Advertising are actively requesting any additional records to be submitted for consideration and inclusion.
Utilising a 55" wide viewing screen, four touch screens, replica period ammo box seating and authentic style sandbags - visitors will be immersed in the module. This is a one of a kind module, enabling all - young or old - to learn more and explore.
For more on tracing your World War One ancestors, read November Family Tree.

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