The Great War History Hub Project Details
The project’s history hub will have an associated website, www.thegreatwar.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk, this will allow information to be shared with the wider public. It will include photo galleries and a facility to post queries. Also a list of research projects – planned, current and proposed will be created.
A history hub website and gallery will be on-going until 2019
An online archive will be created to focus solely on the people and places of the Whitchurch, Shropshire area between 1914 and 1918.
The project will enable the people of Whitchurch, Shropshire to develop their knowledge of the Great War and understand how it affected their community.
Press Release – 23rd July 2014
Heritage Lottery Fund awards £6400 to Whitchurch Museum & Archives for a Great War Communication Exhibition & creation of a Whitchurch WW1 Information Hub to mark First World War Centenary
Today, the volunteers at Whitchurch Museum & Archives have received £6,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project based at Whitchurch Heritage Centre. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on a Great War Communication Exhibition and the creation of a Whitchurch WW1 website.
The Heritage Centre exhibition will be centred around a full-sized replica of a telegraph wagon and will explore the use of Morse-code, flags, pigeons and dogs as methods of communication. A radio station will operate at specified times and various workshops will be made available to the public on Morse-code topics
It is planned that Whitchurch Heritage Centre will become the depository for Great War research relating to the town and its surrounding areas. Individuals, families, groups and schools will be encouraged to deposit their studies. The research can be in the form of either paper records, photographic evidence or electronic copies. A dedicated website www.thegreatwar.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk will be set up to act as a hub to allow information to be shared with the wider public. It will include photo galleries and a facility to post queries. Also a list of research projects – planned, current and proposed will be created.
The project also includes recording war memorial inscriptions relating to individuals from the town and surrounding villages. Drop-in coffee mornings will be arranged in and around Whitchurch where people will be able to share their family memories and take advantage of a free high-quality scanning service to copy fragile letters and documents relating to WW1. This will enable local people to mark the Centenary of the First World War by coming together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the Great War. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.
With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access, contribute and discuss information.
Commenting on the award, Dr Judith Hoyle said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to starting this exciting project”
Reyahn King, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. As the Centenary approaches we’re pleased to support the Whitchurch community as they seek to understand how communication was kept alive during the conflict.
“Bringing the theme of communication into the modern age the project will provide an opportunity for local people to contribute to the creation of a digital legacy of life in their community during the First World War.”