WORCESTERSHIRE COMMUNITIES URGED TO CLAIM CASH TO MARK FIRST WORLD WAR
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WORCESTERSHIRE COMMUNITIES URGED TO CLAIM CASH TO MARK FIRST WORLD WAR

With August’s centenary of the UK entering the First World War coming close, Sir Peter Luff MP is urging his constituents to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for community projects to mark the First World War.


Sir Peter said,

“For me, as for so many, this is a very personal anniversary – or series of anniversaries. My own father fought in the First World War – at Gallipoli and in Palestine - so I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities to keep memories alive.

“Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of Worcestershire was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I urge them to get in touch with HLF.”

HLF is making at least £1million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: then and now programme for small, community grants. It provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.

Sir Peter urged his constituents to think about how they would like to mark the Centenary.

Successful projects will include:

• researching, identifying and recording local heritage
• creating a community archive or collection
• developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc
• researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources
• conserving and finding out more about war memorials

Dame Jenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF said,

“The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme will enable communities to explore the continuing legacy of this war and help young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

HLF has already invested over £47million in projects – large and small – that will mark the Centenary of First World War. If a group have a project idea to mark the Centenary of the First World War, an online application pack is available http://www.hlf.org.uk/ThenAndNow. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes.

ENDS

Photo show Peter Luff’s father, Tom Luff (centre) with friends in Egypt, 1918


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