Local History Groups Invited To Join WW1 Commemoration Projects

Posted on 13th October 2017 by Paul Carter

Local history groups across the UK are invited to join First World War commemoration projects that encourage community participation and explore both local and diverse international histories. Small-scale community funding (up to £200) and free resources are available for groups based in England until mid-November 2017.

The Unremembered 

This project commemorates the army of workers supporting the war effort during the First World War. It's a diverse story, with workers from across the world including China, India, South Africa, Canada and the UK. Community groups can research local graves and share their stories with the wider community, as well as commemorating the individuals they are researching. Contact the Big Ideas Company to access free resources including two resource packs (one general and one India-specific) to share, along with archive scripts, a database of over 5,700 Labour Corps graves in the UK, calligraphy worksheets and creative activities. Find out more via www.theunremembered.org or theunremembered@bigideascompany.org

Passchendaele at Home 

A nationwide research-and-remember project in the UK inviting community groups and schools to discover graves in the UK belonging to servicemen who served in the Battle of Passchendaele but who died of their wounds in the UK. Community groups can research local graves to discover if they fit the Passchendaele at Home criteria, before uploading their research onto the Lives of the First World War website. They can then share their stories with the wider community, as well as commemorating the individuals they are researching. Big Ideas Company can share free resources including an illustrated research map, an online research guide and a database with details of over 3,000 potential Passchendaele at Home graves in the UK. Find out more via www.bigideascompany.org or athome@bigideascompany.org .