Grant for Doncaster’s Great War commemoration

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A major grant has been awarded to Doncaster museums and library staff to lay the foundations for a Great War commemoration project.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing development funding of £37,900 to help the council’s Museums and Libraries Services progress their plans to apply for a full grant in March 2014.

A major objective of the project is to create a single and unique resource that commemorates the First World War as experienced by Doncastrians and the local regiment, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, making the borough’s heritage available to all. It is hoped that this will encourage people to record and share their own local and family history.

The project aims to work closely with communities and special interest groups to research, record, conserve and make more publicly accessible the First World War heritage of the borough and of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Along the way volunteer opportunities will be created, which will offer people the chance to learn new skills while engaging with First World War heritage.

The project aims to work in partnership with Doncaster College, Hall Cross Academy, the trustees of The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry museum, The Rifles regiment, Care for Casualties and the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, to deliver a series of educational events and activities every year from 2014 to 2019.

These events will aim to show the different ways in which the First World War affected the lives of the borough’s residents, whether on the home front or on active service.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support to develop our project. We are proud of the role that Doncastrians played in the First World War and ‘Doncaster and the Great War’ aims to tell that story.”