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WAR YEARS WILL BE BROUGHT TO LIFE.

A four year project which will reveal the impact the First World War had on Worcestershire and its people has secured a vital slice of Lottery funding. The Worcestershire World War 100 aims to commemorate the centenary of the 'War to end all wars' through a series of exhibitions across the county featuring residents' own memorabilia. The county council's archive and archaeology service has been awarded £11,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the plans before applying for a full grant of £322,000 to help them become a reality. Each of the proposed galleries will tell a different aspect of the history of the First World War in Worcestershire using technology, audio-visuals, leaflets and more traditional displays. Activities for schools are also planned including drama, poetry and creative writing to help young people engage with the exhibitions which will be sustained and refreshed from 2014 to 2018. Heritage trails and other community activities are also in the pipeline. Residents will have a vital role to play through contributing their own war heritage items and helping to curate the exhibitions. It is hoped the project will shed light on every aspect of Worcestershire's involvement in the war including the numerous hospitals which treated wounded soldiers and factories that were built or turned over to munitions work to support the frontline. Museums, the city council, Worcester Cathedral, the George Marshall Medical Museum and the University of Worcester are among the other bodies involved in shaping the project. Neil Anderson, Head of Culture and Community for the county council, said: "On behalf of the Mayor's Steering Committee and the various heritage groups involved so far in this project, we are delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. "The project to be developed will really give local people the chance not only to learn about the detail of the First World War, but also to get involved in creating a legacy of that history for the future." Reyahn King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the West Midlands, said they were extremely pleased to give initial support to the project, which would enable people of all ages in Worcestershire to gain an understanding of the impact of the First World War in shaping the area. Source: Worcesterstandard Via: Forces War Records Blog
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