Discovering impact of WWII

Lakeside Village, Doncaster
Lakeside Village, Doncaster

A South Yorkshire non-profit group has received a £10,000 grant to tell the story of Doncaster’s role in World War II.

Altogether 4 Autism received the Heritage Lottery Grant to more closely examine the social impact of the second world war in and around the Doncaster area, particularly looking at transport, female role models, music and dance halls and family life.

Eleanor French is treasurer of the self-funded group, that aims to address the needs of adult with autism in the Doncaster area by arranging regular social activities, such as weekly arts groups and history groups.

She said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. Our members love to learn about the history of Doncaster and we are all really excited to tell other people about our findings and share our heritage and history with them in a different and engaging way.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, this Sharing Heritage grant will help to create an exciting interactive heritage trail around Lakeside, for people of all ages to share the heritage that World War II has in the town.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Sharing Heritage is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to beable to offer this grant so that Altogether 4 Autism can embark on a real journey of discovery.

“Heritage means such different things to different people, and HLF’s funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”