First World War community project funding available

Michael Moore MP with Sir Hew Strachan at Heritage Lottery Fund reception
Michael Moore MP with Sir Hew Strachan at Heritage Lottery Fund reception

With less than a year to go until the centenary of the UK entering the First World War grants are available for community projects.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is making at least £1 million a year available until 2019 for community projects to learn more about the war, and Borders MP Michael Moore is urging Berwickshire groups to think about how to mark the centenary.

Successful projects could include: researching, identifying and recording local heritage; creating a community archive or collection; developing new interpretation of heritage through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps etc; researching, writing and performing creative material based on heritage sources; conserving and finding out more about war memorials.

Mr Moore has met with the Lords Lieutenant of the Borders, local councillors, officials and historian Sir Hew Strachan at Scottish Borders Council to begin discussions on the events which will be held in the Borders to commemorate the centenary.

He said:“I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities.

“Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people in the Borders was profound and devastating. This is why it is so important that we commemorate it and ensure that this generation and the next learn about the War and the lessons we can take from it.

“For those who want to find out more about the legacy of World War One or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.

“I was also pleased to meet with officials and councillors at SBC to begin discussions on how we can commemorate the War locally.”