HISTORY buffs are invited to take part in a series of events being launched in the coming weeks.

Bolton History Centre has relocated on the ground floor in the Central Library.

On Saturday, January 28, a workshop will be hosted for people interested in war memorials and their preservation.

It is being staged by Civic Voice, a national charity for the civic movement in England and during the workshop they will train volunteers how to assess the condition of memorials and take steps to preserve them in the correct way.

The History Centre has a new permanent base to make way for work to the museum’s new Egyptology gallery, Eternal Egypt.

The centre has been working on a project with volunteers to record and research all war memorials in the borough as part of the centenary commemorations for the First World War.

This workshop will provide volunteers, and anyone else with an interest in history, with useful skills in this field.

To book a free ticket via Eventbrite, which includes refreshments, visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/war-memorials-condition-survey-workshop-bolton-tickets-28419388155. The workshop runs from 9.45am to 2pm.

The centre will hold a family history day in partnership with Bolton Family History Society on Saturday, February 11.

The session runs from 10am to 4pm and will give people the chance to trace their family tree.

Archives staff and members of Bolton Family History Society will be on hand to give advice.

Cabinet member for culture, youth and sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The History Centre has moved downstairs to Central Library so we can create our new Egyptology exhibition. Its new location is working out really well, and we’ve already seen some new visitors who just happen to be in the library.

“The room is light and airy, with plenty of room, and this gives us more space to hold events like this. If anyone has even the slightest interest in history I would recommend they take advantage of these free events. They’re a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn new skills.”