Impact: First World War Legacies
York Army Museum has received £6300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting new project, Impact: First World War Legacies. This generous grant has been made possible by National Lottery players through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme. The project will focus on exploring the experiences of those soldiers from Leeds, Bradford, York, Harrogate, Hull, Beverley and surrounding areas when returning to Yorkshire, and the efforts made to memorialise those who did not.
This project will involve discussion of soldiers’ return to the UK and will see school and community groups explore war memorials in their areas, and research soldiers appearing on them. The project will result in greater awareness and understanding of the diversity of those who fought in the First World War and how the conflict affected the Yorkshire area after its conclusion.
We are offering workshops and resources to local school and community groups to help document war memorials that are housed within buildings and areas they use.
The outcomes of this project will be a temporary exhibition hosted at York Army Museum and a database compiling information regarding the local war memorials documented and the soldiers who are documented on them. The information generated on this database will be available through the exhibition and also in the archive and via the website of York Army Museum.
In the run up to the centenary of the First World War Armistice it is important to remember the stories of these men and how their experiences continue to impact on our world.
‘We are incredibly excited to be receiving Heritage Lottery Funding. This project will allow us to interact with new audiences, and increase understanding of First World War heritage in the Yorkshire area’
-Hannah Rogers, Collections Manager, York Army Museum.
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, David Renwick, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £90 million to more than 1,800 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 “Impact: Legacies of the First World War” 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.”