A number of new projects and initiatives marking the First World War Centenary have recently been announced.In March, the Scottish Government revealed the line-up of experts that will make up the Scottish Commemorations Panel. They include military and community leaders; members of the clergy; academics and historians. The panel will shape and oversee the delivery of Scotland’s First World War Centenary commemoration programme. Find out more from the Scottish Government’s website. Bankfield Museum in Halifax, West Yorkshire has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) that will enable it to start work on a First World War exhibition. The sum of £98,800 awarded to the museum will be used to build a ‘Great War Gallery’ that will tell the story of the war and its impact on the people of the local area. Opening in summer 2014, the gallery will be the result of a collaborative effort between the museum and local interest groups. Find out more about what’s planned on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s website.
Information on the ‘Somerset Remembers’ project
A collaborative, county-wide initiative in Worcestershire has also gained key funding for its Centenary plans. The Worcestershire World War 100 project secured £11,500 from the HLF to develop a multi-venue gallery experience and a number of related community activities. A range of Worcestershire institutions are included in the project, which will culminate in a number of First World War exhibitions that will be renewed throughout 2014-18. Find out more on the Worcester City Council website. Hartlepool Borough Council has successfully bid for £394,775 from Arts Council England for a range of Centenary plans. A two-year project will see five Teesside Valley Boroughs team up with Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool to raise awareness and understanding of the First World War in the region.
It will include exhibitions, schools visits, drama performances and digital output and will be strongly rooted in the local community. Find out more about the plans on Hartlepool Borough Council’s website.Another set of Centenary plans that will involve input from the local community is ‘Somerset Remembers’, recently granted £66,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Somerset Heritage Service has a wide range of ideas in place for its commemorations. These include an exhibition at The Museum of Somerset plus talks, open days, re-enactments and handling sessions. Find out more from Somerset County Council’s ‘Somerset Remembers’ page.