Four Long Years


Four Long Years

Four Long Years is a project  managed by Gosport Heritage Open Days and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to mark the First World War Centenary.

lottery-fund-logoA Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £10,000, through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, was awarded to the organisers of Gosport Heritage Open Days (GHODs) to increase public awareness of Gosport’s contribution to the war effort.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Gosport to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War.

The ‘4 Long Years’ project was kicked off during Heritage Open Days in September4 long years fumsup 2016 by holding drop-in craft sessions at Fort Brockhurst. Paul & Clare from Splodge Designs outlined the ‘4 Long Years’ project to visitors and encouraged youngsters to make replicas of ‘fumsup’ mascots to take home. Read more about the ‘fumsup’ here

During January and February 2017 Splodge Designs  led the main workshops and visits. We are pleased that the participating community groups were:

  • Youngsters at Siskin Junior School
  • Residents at Woodcot Lodge Care Home
  • Bivol Trust (young people with learning and physical disabilities aged 16-30 years)
  • The Gosport Access Group and Disability Forum


More on the project and how it will unfold…

Four local groups were created with a wide range of ages and abilities. Volunteers collected 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 project centred on a series of workshops being conducted with the four groups and included talks by visiting historians.

There will also be visits to at least four historic sites which, subject to confirmation, will include HMS Sultan Airfield Museum, Royal Clarence Yard, World War One Remembrance Centre or Portsmouth Naval Dockyard Archives. A commemorative Great War newspaper will also be produced with a final exhibition in Gosport’s Discovery Centre.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an online 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.

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