Wiltshire people trying to trace the military history of their ancestors who fought in the First World War are being invited to a special family history day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum near Yeovilton.

As part of the national Heritage Open Days series the museum is opening, for free, naval records from the First World War and showing visitors how to navigate the service records of the Royal Naval Division.

Saturday, September 13 will be First World War Royal Navy Family History Day, to draw attention to the enlistment papers and service records held in archive.

During the afternoon there will be three free tours of the document stores showing the records held at the museum. Spaces are limited.

Morning talks include: navigating naval records with sample batches of records and photos from the archive available for viewing; the story of the Royal Naval Division – the service records of ratings and officers who served in the RN in the Great War; records held at the Fleet Air Arm; guest speakers, William Spencer of the National Archives, Kim Sharman, ex-Fleet Air Arm Sea Vixen pilot and champion of the Royal Naval Division.

Phone 01935 840565 or see www.nmrn.org.uk