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|Title:||Great War project given Heritage Lottery Fund support|
|Author:||Doncaster Museum |
|ID & Publication:||20131211008 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
Doncaster Council’s Museums and Libraries services (Including Archives and Local Studies) have received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Doncaster and the Great War project.
Development funding of £37, 900 has been awarded to help Doncaster Council’s Museums and Libraries services progress their plans to apply for a full grant in March 2014.
A major objective of the project is to create a single and unique resource that commemorates the First World War as experienced by Doncastrians and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, making the borough’s heritage available to all. It is hoped that this will encourage people to record and share their own local and family history.
The project aims to work closely with communities and special interest groups to research, record, conserve and make more publicly accessible the First World War heritage of the borough and of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Along the way volunteer opportunities will be created, which will offer people the chance to learn new skills whilst engaging with First World War heritage.
The project aims to work in partnership with Doncaster College, Hall Cross Academy, the Trustees of The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, the Rifles Regiment, Care for Casualties and the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, amongst others to also deliver a series of educational events (including a programme of exhibitions) and activities every year from 2014 to 2019. These events will aim to show the different ways in which the First World War affected the lives of the borough’s residents, whether on the home front or on active service.
Doncaster’s First World War heritage is unique and diverse and was influenced by its strategic position and its industry. Rail, coal and munitions work were all key to the town’s wartime contribution, alongside an airfield which was the launch pad for a defence against the Zeppelin raids on Sheffield. Recent discoveries have included practice trenches in the town centre, dug by an attachment of the Royal Engineers based at Scarbrough Barracks. Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery houses the museum of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, which holds treasures such as the 2nd Battalion War Diaries and personal papers and trench art relating to individual KOYLI soldiers and Prisoners of War. Doncaster Archives and Local Studies care for key historical resources such as the original copies of local newspapers from the war years and other documents which help tell the gripping personal stories of the people of the borough, which include anti-German riots and conscientious objectors.
This project is very much about people and family history and the Museums and Libraries Services aim to work in partnership with borough residents and people who have a link with Doncaster or the KOYLI. It will uncover and share the fascinating and emotional stories of our relatives and ancestors who fought in, died or lived through the First World War.
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: ‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support to develop our project. We are proud of the role that Doncastrians played in the First World War and ‘Doncaster and the Great War’ aims to tell that story.’
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber said: ‘The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Through our grants programmes we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Doncaster and the Great War to explore the many local facets and continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.’
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