Peace at Last

Demobilization At Fort Brockhurst

Peace at Last

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.

Ralph Booker, Project Manager, said “We are delighted 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 War and how peace was celebrated in 1918”.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to focus on the history of the last year of the First World War, enabling local people in Gosport to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people, stories and history of the area at the time.

There will be 12 workshops with local community groups participating with a wide range of ages and abilities. Study packs will go out to local schools, community groups, the local SEARCH, Discovery Centre and Residential homes. The final work will be shared across the internet so will be available to a wide audience as well as featuring on the popular Gosport Heritage Open Days website.

The centre point of the project will be Fort Brockhurst in Gosport as it was used as

An aerial view of Fort Brockhurst in Gosport

a demobilization station in 1918. It has a wonderful history within the area and keeps an archive of First World War photographs and records which will be made available to the groups for their research. There will also be a 1918 Peace Party which will be decorated with bunting made from original images of the time.

Ralph Booker continued, “It’s wonderful how Gosport people support our Heritage Open Days and, I believe this, once again, has helped gain the confidence of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving Gosport’s Heritage for another century.”

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