Somerset Heritage Service has launched a project to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, following a grant of £66,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Drawing on this poignant moment in history, the ‘Somerset Remembers’ project will explore the impact and long-term effect of the conflict on the county, and look at the
many ways in Somerset people, their families and communities have remembered the Great War.
‘Somerset Remembers’ will pay tribute to the sacrifice and contribution made by
Somerset people both during and after WW1. The project will provide people today with opportunities to learn about the impact of the war on the county.
The project’s centrepiece will be a major exhibition at The Museum of Somerset, which
will open in August 2014. And a touring exhibition will visit venues across the county.
There will be many opportunities for people to become involved in the project, either through volunteering, sharing memories, records or artefacts, or through participating in a wide range of activities and events, both on-site and in the community.
Activities will include talks, open days, object handling, diary/poetry readings, re-enactments and drop-in sessions for people to bring in items for inclusion in a community archive. There will also be a programme of special events, which will include a football match on a memorial playing field and a concert with music from the First World War.
Many people have records relating to WW1, such as photographs and letters, as well as stories which have been passed down through the generations. People will be encouraged to upload these to an online community archive, which will capture the unique and personal experiences of Somerset people, and help to create a lasting legacy and understanding of the conflict.
The project has been generously supported by a range of funders including the Somerset Military Museum Trust, the Friends of the Museum of Somerset, the Rifles and Light Infantry Association, the Friends of Somerset Archives and the Western Front Association.
Somerset Heritage Centre is home to a unique collection of archive materials relating to WW1. A team of volunteers will be recruited to digitise and transcribe documents, and make them publicly available through the online archive.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact the Somerset Heritage Centre on 01823 278805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org