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Shorthand Translators Needed at York Castle Museum

Shorthand Translators Needed at York Castle Museum

10:53am 11th January 2014

The pounding of your heart as you unearth a relic almost a hundred years old.

The rush of adrenalin through your veins, and the trembling of your eager fingers, as you turn the first faded page of someone's wartime diary.

Then...the crushing disappointment as you realise you don't understand a word of it.

That's the dilemma facing York Castle Museum at the moment. The two diaries in their posession, from 1917 and 1918, are written in shorthand.

They're calling for anyone with knowledge of the time-saving script to come forward and help them translate the words of Wass Reader - the member of the First East Riding Yeomanry C Squadron who is thought to be behind these rare treasures.

Curator of History Alison Bodley says: "This is a fascinating project. We have these diaries in our possession - but can't understand them. It would be fantastic if volunteers could give us any insight as to their content, and tell us more about the shorthand itself." 

Whether they get translated or not, the diaries will form part of the 1914: When The World Changed Forever exhibition, starting on June 28. The date marks 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo - and the start of the outbreak of World War One.

Anyone who thinks they're able to help should contact Katie Brown, on 01904 650 363.



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