As Newbury marked the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in a moving ceremony earlier this month, MP Richard Benyon is highlighting additional funding now available from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore the stories of the First World War.
Following the success of its community grants programme, First World War: then and now, HLF has made an additional £4 million available for communities looking to explore, conserve and share local WW1 heritage.
Richard said, ‘These projects and stories have been an inspiration. It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. Several projects in Newbury have already benefited from HLF grants but there is still time to apply and I would urge anyone with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.
Further details are available from Heritage Lottery Fund at www.hlf.org.uk/firstworldwar or phone 020 7591 6143.
Grants are available of between £3,000 and £10,000. Projects can be led by all sorts of organisations, including youth groups, residents associations, disability and faith groups and local history societies, as well as museums, archives and historic sites. Ideas include researching WW1 stories using letters, objects and newspapers; workshops to help young people uncover their WW1 family history; exploring the stories of lives commemorated on war memorials; conservation of buildings, sites, vehicles or collections; organising visits to places associated with the war; creating an exhibition or play or film; making WW1 heritage digital.