Lottery Fund gives £10,000 to First World War history project
Lottery Fund has this week awarded £10,000 to a project
near Burnham-On-Sea marking the centenary of the First World War.
'Isle of Wedmore Remembers the First World War 1914-19 Project'
has received the grant for a research project looking at the villages
of Wedmore, Blackford, Theale and the Allertons.
Awarded as part of the Governments Centenary Programme,
the project is being run jointly by St Marys Church, Hugh
Sexey Middle School and Wedmore First School Academy.
will focus on gathering and preserving local history about life
on the home front in Somerset, the local servicemen who fell between
1914-19 and also look at the impact of the war on a selection
of soldiers and sailors who returned home and rebuilt their lives.
project will mark the Centenary year with an exhibition to be
held in Wedmore in November 2014, a fully researched book and
a series of talks and seminars held at the local schools about
project aims to enable the local community and schoolchildren
to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of local
people who lived through the First World War.
the artefacts, documents and photographs gathered locally and
from archives scattered across the world will be carefully recorded
and preserved and will form a permanent archive at the Somerset
Heritage Centre that in the future will allow historians and the
general public to discuss, share and research information about
life in the Isle of Wedmore between 1914-19.
Dr Tim Moreman, the project leader, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery
Fund that will enable the inhabitants of Wedmore, Blackford, Theale
and the Allertons to explore and preserve the memory of the sacrifice
made by the local community during the Great War."
MP Tessa Munt added: "I am delighted this wonderful local
project will be receiving support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The commitment that local servicemen made was truly incredible,
it is right they are celebrated and their memory preserved
this is a wonderful thing for Wedmore, its neighbouring
villages and Somerset in general."
the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the
South West, Nerys Watts, said: "The impact of the First World
War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the
UK and beyond."
Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £4million
in projects large and small - that are marking this global
Centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling
even more communities like those involved in 'The Isle of Wedmore
Remembers the First World War, 1914-19' project to explore the
continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people
in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped
our modern world."