SOUTH Somerset District Council has received £6,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, 'Remembering', in South Somerset.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on producing a booklet commemorating the First World War for all school children in South Somerset.

The project, to be launched later this year to mark the outbreak of war on August 4, 1914 will enable local people in South Somerset to come together and preserve the stories of the people who lived through and fought 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 what life was really like.

The Heritage Team at the Community Heritage Access Centre (CHAC) run by South Somerset District Council has been awarded the grant to produce commemorative booklets for school children and arrange talks and tours relating to life on the Home Front. 

It will highlight some of the key men and women of South Somerset who shaped the war effort both at home and on the front lines. Additionally staff at CHAC will be curating a temporary exhibition to be on display later this year and are working in partnership with the Imperial War Museum as part of a nation-wide initiative to commemorate the Centenary.

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.

Sylvia Seal from South Somerset District Council said: “We are really thrilled to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fun for this project.  We are committed to commemorating the sacrifices made by people in South Somerset and this project will ensure they are remembered and their stories understood”.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South West, Nerys Watts, 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 has already invested more than £46 million in projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Remembering to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people from South Somerset broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”