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Posted on: November 22nd 2018

National Lottery support for Woodstock Remembers WW1

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Today, Alice and Isabel, students at the Marlborough C of E School have received a National Lottery grant of £9,900 for their project ‘Woodstock Remembers WW1: Then and Now’. Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘First World War: Then and Now’ programme, the project will focus on research into the First World War using local resources so that information can be shared through the setting up of a dedicated website. The project came about after the opportunity to visit the Battlefields with the award winning programme ‘110 Legacy’ delivered by the UCL Institute of Education and Equity.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Woodstock to come together to preserve the  memories and heritage of those that  died in the First World 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 the soldiers who died and who they left behind.

Understanding and appreciating the local, human stories of the history of our local community is absolutely crucial. With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front. A programme of workshops and events will take place, including a Family History Session at the school

Commenting on the award, students, Alice and Isabel said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players, it is vital that we continue to pay our respects to the fallen. The Britain of today is the legacy of the men and women who served their nation, and should be remembered not just in our heads but in our hearts.”

The Marlborough C of E School, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1LP

The Marlborough C of E School is a mixed, comprehensive school of over 1100 students. It is proud of its values-led education and looks to play an active part in its local community.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund and support for First World War heritage

  • Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. . Follow us on , and and use #NationalLottery and #HLFsupported.
  • To date, almost £100million in HLF grants has been awarded to projects across the UK so they can mark the Centenary and explore all aspects of First World War heritage that matters to them. Through its ‘First World War: Then and Now’ programme, HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019. It is providing grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and 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. To find out how to apply for funding visit 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 www.hlf.org.uk/firstworldwar
  • To join the conversation on social media please use #understandingww1

Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Joanne Onions, Library Manager and Archivist at the Marlborough C of E School, Woodstock on 01993 811431 e:admin.4560@marlborough.oxon.sch.uk