BARLBOROUGH: Heritage Centre gains award to start World War One anniversary project

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The Barlborough Heritage and Resource Centre is pleased to announce the start of a major project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War One, which will take place in August 2014. Funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ‘Barlborough Heroes’ focuses on the men of Barlborough who fought and died during the 1914–1918 conflict. The project hopes to identify all those who served, their lives, their families and their stories. These will be collated into a magnificent leather bound manuscript book which will be presented to the people of Barlborough for all time. The work will also be published in book and DVD form for sale.

Commenting on the award Trust secretary, Norma Machen, said: “We are thrilled to receive this award which will enable us to participate in the national commemoration which will take place in eighteen months time. We will bring together local people of all ages and backgrounds to research and document the way of life of the our local lads who when called upon to defend our country at a time of threat to our way of life, made the ultimate sacrifice.”

“We want to hear from anyone who believes they had an ancestor living locally who served in the Great War, so that we can find out more about them and record their lives for posterity.”

The Barlborough Heritage Centre has a rich collection of local history and heritage available to all members of the public to research and learn about their past and so leave a legacy for future generations.

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the HLF aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 34,000 projects with more than £5billion across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk