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Worcestershire war memorial project gets funding boost
5:59pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
A PROJECT commemorating the centenary of the First World War and life in Worcestershire during the conflict has been given a funding boost.
Worcestershire County Council's Archive and Archaeology Service has received £11,500 to support its plans to apply for a full grant of £322,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
If approved, the money would be used for Worcestershire World War 100 exhibitions, which focus on the stories of county people, with residents encouraged to contribute their own memorabilia.
The project covers a four-year period of commemoration and exhibitions will be updated as they go on display across the county.
Neil Anderson, head of culture and community for Worcestershire County Council, said the project would ensure the period was remembered for generations to come.
He said: “On behalf of the mayor's steering committee and the various heritage groups involved so far in this project, we are delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support.
“The project to be developed will really give local people the chance not only to learn about the detail of the First World War, but also to get involved in creating a legacy of that history for the future.”
The county council is working in partnership with museums across the county, Worcester City Council, Worcester Cathedral, the George Marshall Medical Museum and the University of Worcester on the project.
Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Berry, welcomed the news.
He said: “This recognition by the HLF is very important to the city and Worcestershire and provides an historic opportunity to commemorate the war across a whole spectrum of activity and involvement.”
Reyahn King, head of the HLF for the West Midlands, said: “We're extremely pleased to give initial support to the project, which will enable people of all ages in Worcestershire to gain an understanding of the impact of the First World War in shaping the area today. We shall watch the developing plans with interest.”