Heritage Lottery Fund awards Gosport Heritage Open Days

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Heritage Lottery Fund awards Gosport Heritage Open Days
to mark First World War Centenary

A Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £10,000, through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, has been awarded to the organisers of Gosport Heritage Open Days (GHODs) to increase public awareness of Gosport’s contribution to the war effort.

Ms Terry Rhodes, Chair for GHODs, said “We are thrilled to have been awarded the HLF grant and we look forward to working with our local organisations to tell the story about Gosport’s role in the First World War”.
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.
Four local groups will be created with a wide range of ages and abilities. 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 project will centre on a series of workshops being conducted with the four groups and will include 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.

Ms Rhodes continued, “It’s wonderful how Gosport people support our Heritage Open Days and I believe this helped gain the confidence of the Heritage Lottery Fund”

The head of the HLF in the South East, Stuart McLeod, 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 £81 million in projects – large and small – that are marking this Centenary and helping local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how the conflict has shaped our modern world.”

Find regular updates on how the project is progressing on the following link  http://www.gosportheritage.co.uk/four-long-years/