Date published: 05 November 2018
Last week, Faye Pudney, Visitor Economy Officer at West Lindsey, attended a House of Commons event hosted by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), celebrating the contribution made by communities across the UK to mark the First World War Centenary.
Faye was part of a group who showcased the project, ‘Bastion in the Air’, which explored the county's role in aircraft development and production in the county, working with allies from the Dominions, USA and Russia, the role of women in the aviation workplace and defence of the country against Zeppelin attack.
Attended by the Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright MP, they joined other National Lottery funded projects showcasing their First War Centenary projects.
Faye was delighted to be able to attend the high-profile event in London, she said: “This event was an excellent opportunity to, not only showcase our project and celebrate aviation history in West Lindsey, but also to celebrate the memory of those who sacrificed so much during the war and the legacies they have left behind.”
Since 2010, National Lottery funding has enabled more than 2,200 projects to explore and share thousands of diverse stories of the First World War. From stories of Pals battalions, soldiers from Commonwealth nations and conscientious objectors through to women’s work, food shortages and the impact of the war on children, the stories have been varied and illustrate the First World War beyond the front lines.
People have been researching and recording local heritage; conserving and finding out more about war memorials; and using digital technology to share the fascinating stories they uncover.
Projects attending the event included:
Discovering Lincolnshire’s Aviation World War I Stories: The Country’s Bastion in the Air – East Midlands. This project captured the hidden stories of First World War aircraft development & production and formation of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Barns Green - A local history of the Great War. People have been exploring the impact of the war on the small Sussex village of Barns Green, which sent over 150 men to war. With the exception of a small number of names on war memorial little is known of them. The project researched the story of the men and their families and the impact of a global event on a small rural community.
WW1 - Who cared for kids? Based in the North East, this project enabled young people with experiences in care and/or the criminal justice systems or struggles in school and communities, to research what happened to children who lost parents or who needed to be cared for because they were unsafe or unwell during the war. They were able to compare the lives of children today with the lives of their predecessors.
Remember Us – Muslim Communities and the First World War. Based in Scotland, this project increased public awareness of the little-known contribution of Muslim communities to the First World War.
Behind the Lines - 'All The Nice Girls' explored women in men's roles on stage from 1914-1918.
Ros Kerslake, HLF’s CEO, said: “The First World War was a truly global conflict, stretching out across oceans and continents. But its impact at home was huge. Communities, families and society were forever changed by this war. National Lottery funding has empowered people to discover and share the thousands of stories of the First World War that matter to them. And the response from communities has been an inspiration.”
In 2012, HLF launched a community grants programme called First World War: then and now, offering grants are available between £3,000 to £10,000. Over the Centenary, HLF awarded more than £14million to community projects.
In addition, HLF awarded larger grants to First World War projects. Projects include Imperial War Museum’s First World War Galleries; HMS Caroline and the home of First World War soldier and poet Hedd Wyn. Total HLF funding in the First World War Centenary comes to almost £100million.
For more information on HLF’s funding for First World War Centenary projects visit: www.hlf.org.uk/OneCentenary or follow #OneCentenary100Stories on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram