Organisations looking to commemorate the centenaries of the First World War from 2014 onwards have received some good news today from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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The Fund is actively seeking and welcoming applications for all kinds of heritage projects, large and small, that aim to mark the anniversaries of the First World War.
Today it launched a booklet together with online information designed to demonstrate the funding available to communities who are thinking about how to mark these important anniversaries and to encourage them to apply.
Hundreds of organisations across the UK will also be contacted directly over the coming weeks by the HLF, who are keen to make them aware of the funding and support that is available, aiming to inspire them with examples of projects which are already going ahead with their support.
"We're deeply committed to supporting the many aspects of remembrance which will be developed as the centenaries of the First World War approach," said HLF Chief Executive Carole Souter, who expects "greater interest than ever before" in honouring the sacrifice of millions in the conflict.
"We are working in partnership with IWM [Imperial War Museums] and other organisations to ensure that groups large and small know what funding is available to them to help them commemorate these events which shaped the modern world."
Funds are available to help groups explore the history and legacy of the war and its impact on communities across the UK, especially their own.
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There will be support to help groups trace links between local areas and the conflict, boost young people lead projects that bring the history alive, or aid conservation and improve online access to archives and collections.
The HLF's open grants programmes, Your Heritage and Heritage Grants, and its Young Roots scheme, which aims to get 13-25 year-olds involved with their heritage, will also be deployed.
Funding for the conservation of war memorials will be considered as part of a wider project to increase understanding of the stories behind the memorial.
A number of funded projects are already underway, including the renovation of a war memorial in Leek, Staffordshire, built in 1925 by Sir Arthur and Lady Nicholson in memory of their son, Lieutenant Basil Lee Nicholson, who was killed in action at Ypres in 1915.
Another is backing the digitisation of a an out-of-print 1919 book commemorating every known soldier from the Craven district of North Yorkshire who fell in the First World War.
The We Were Brothers: World War One a Shared Heritage project, which commemorates the Ulster Battalions and the Irish Volunteers who served side by side, has also already resulted in a play, DVD, interactive website and youth project
Imperial War Museums have launched a new logo for partners involved in the wider campaign to mark the beginning of the conflict of 1914-18. Find it at www.1914.org/partners