Funding for a project will see local school children become World War One history detectives.

With the Great War centenary fast approaching, funding worth £8,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will encourage young people to explore the lives of local soldiers.

The project, ‘Not Just a Name on a Wall’, is being delivered by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Archives and Local Studies team. It forms part of the Council’s plans to commemorate the Great War, which includes ‘the Last Day of Peace’ event on 3rd August at Hinchingbrooke House starting at 1 pm. This is a free event with activities for all the family and involves exhibitions, re-enactments, displays and World War One hospital.

‘Not Just a Name on a Wall’ will develop resource packs for local schools so that students can explore their communities’ Great War history. They will also be encouraged to research their own families’ personal collections of Great War memorabilia and to contribute material themselves.

The results and learning from this project will also be made available to local groups and to the wider community and will be used to create exhibitions in local libraries. The funding has been awarded through HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now’ programme.

Christine May, Head of Community and Cultural Services at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. We hope our project will inspire young people to successfully carry out local and family research and more fully understand the impact on the Great War on local communities and families.”

The head of the HLF East of England, Robyn Llewellyn, 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 £15million in projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘Not Just a Name on the Wall’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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