The first beneficiaries of the £6 million First World War: Then and Now scheme, announced by the Prime Minister last October to help communities explore the conflict in time for its centenary in 2014, have been announced across the country.
Aiming to reflect the widespread impact of the war, the awards – paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund – range from a quest to identify the mystery figures found on Yorkshire Film Archive reels from the era to Football and Peace, a mass storytelling investigation taking the famous Christmas Day football match between opposing soldiers as its battlefield starting point.
The cost of the projects vary from modest grants such as the one given to Brecon Remembers, where the Welsh town will use £5,500 to remember the 119 men commemorated through its war memorials, to Lincolnshire Remembrance, in which a £75,000 exploration will reveal the names behind the county’s monuments.
Applications for grants are still being invited on the Then and Now website.
Blinded by war – Focus Insight, Wolverhampton (£10,000)
Local groups, largely made up of blind and severely visually impaired people, will research and explain the huge impact the First World War had on the development of ophthalmic medicine – soldiers on both sides suffered serious eye injuries as a result of enemy poison gas attacks, shrapnel and other battlefield injuries
Hermitage, Hexham: Morant family collection – Durham County Council (£9,700)
Durham County Records Office and Northumberland Collections have purchased the contents relating to the First World War of the country house, The Hermitage at Hexham
Tracing Your Roots Back to Gallipoli – Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications, Bolton (£9,900)
Between 20 and 30 young people will researching and analyse the effects of the Gallipoli Campaign on Bolton soldiers
First World War – Brecon Remembers, Brecon (£5,500)
Local people will discover the stories of the 119 men commemorated on Brecon war memorials
Scottish Women's Hospitals WWI Remembrance (£8,300)
Researching the work of Scottish women, including nurses, during the conflict
The Abbotskerswell Role of Honour project, Devon (£6,600)
A study of Abbotskerswell village life during the First World War involving local schools, including the renovation of the graves of three men from the village who died in battle
Earls Colne War Memorial, Essex (£6,000)
An exhibition about the lives of 35 Earls Colne village men who lost their lives during the war, including renovation works to the local war memorial where they are honoured
Legacies of War – Untold Otley Stories, Otley Museum and Archive Trust, West Yorkshire (£8,200)
A project to understand how families from Otley and the wider community were affected by the First World War, explored by local community groups
Filmed and Not Forgotten – Yorkshire Film Archive (£52,400)
Filmed and Not Forgotten will research a sergeant waving at the camera as he marched over Lendal Bridge in York, the sports day in Scarborough when regiments came together with the community for a day of fun away from the front line and other stories, including conservation and digitisation of the archive
Football and Peace Project – National Children's Football Alliance, Kent (£32,500)
Local people across Kent will research the impact of the War on local communities and will in particular look at the importance of recreation to soldiers during the conflict, producing a documentary, archive and exhibition
Wymondham's Great War – Wymondham Cluster Extended Schools, Norfolk (£30,200)
A Festival Day in July 2014 including an original drama production, songs, music, dance, films, artefact fair, animation, poetry and artwork. Extra-curricular clubs will run at each school throughout the academic year
Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials (£74,800)
People in Lincolnshire will explore and research the stories behind the names commemorated on their local war memorials and the effects of the conflict had on local communities
World War I Heritage Project – Diseworth Heritage Trust, Leicestershire (£17,300)
Current and future generations of Diseworth will connect with the lives and stories of those who lived in the village during the First World War
Now the last Poppy has Fallen – Essex during World War I, Essex Record Office (£65,000)
Creating a touring exhibition reflecting the stories from the Essex homefront during the First World War