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Local groups urged to apply to National Lottery to mark First World War

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Recently Meg Munn MP attended an event hosted by TV historian Dan Snow to find out how local people can secure Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help them mark the Centenary of the First World War. 

The event showcased just a handful of over 1000 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than 60 million of investment from HLF. 

Grants of between 3,000 to 10,000 will continue to be available throughout the Centenary via HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now’ programme. This enables people to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage.  Groups that need a grant of more than 10,000 for a project can apply to HLF through its open programmes.  

Projects on display showed the breadth and scale of First World War stories being explored and shared across the country:

         in Coventry, young people have been researching the rise and decline of women’s football during and following the end of the War,

         groups across Hertfordshire have uncovered the stories of those remembered on local war memorials,

         in Belfast a project has been exploring why Irish nationalists volunteered to fight for the British army during the conflict, and

         a stone memorial has been created in Derby to recognise the contribution of the very many Sikhs who served in the war.

Meg said:

“The projects and stories I’ve seen have been an inspiration.  It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for money and I would urge anyone in Sheffield with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.”     

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said:

“It’s been wonderful to see so many communities take up this opportunity to explore how the First World War affected their local area. So many interesting and unexpected stories have been uncovered, helping us to develop a rich and long-lasting picture of how this momentous conflict touched and shaped every corner of the UK.”

The event also saw the launch of Historypin’s First World War Centenary hub. The hub is a free online space where people right across the UK can share all the historical and contemporary photographs, films and audios clips that have been collected while marking the Centenary of the First World War.  It has been developed in partnership with HLF, Jisc, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Imperial War Museums.

More information on how to apply is available at www.hlf.org.uk


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