Young people and residents across the Falkirk are set to learn about what life was like in the Falkirk area during World War One after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded us £9900.
The funding, made through the HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now programme’, will focus on engagement with local schools and community groups to research and exhibit First World War stories.
The participants will have access to Falkirk’s Archives (based at Callendar House), museum collections and will work with a professional storyteller and artist in order to develop their exhibits, which will then be toured around local community venues in 2015.
Ian Scott, Chairman of Falkirk Community Trust said: “The support from the Heritage Lottery fund will certainly help us bring a far greater understanding and knowledge of World War One to communities everywhere.
“The project will be especially exciting for younger participants who may not have much awareness of this momentous event in world history but will be able to learn and appreciate the true scale of what was involved.
Head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, 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 £15million in projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary.
“With our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Falkirk in the First World War – Memorial, Reflection and Restoration to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
The project is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by IWM (Imperial War Museums). The First World War Centenary Partnership is delivering a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to connect with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.