Heritage lottery fund awards £10,000 to Newtown Remembers partnership to mark First World War centenary
The Newtown Remembers partnership, led by Newtown Town Council has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to commemorate the impact of the First World War on the town. Awarded through HLF’s First World War then: and now programme, this project will focus on two themes. The first concentrates on research outings to the National Memorial Arboretum in Stafford, the Imperial War Museum of the North in Salford and the National History Museum of Wales in St Fagans near Cardiff. The second will use what has been learnt on these visits to highlight how Newtown and the local population were affected by the war.
To mark the centenary of the First World War the Newtown Remembers project will enable local people to experience excellent exhibitions which tell the story of WW1 and how it affected people in the whole country. These trips will be FREE to local families and will be open to people of all ages who live in Newtown.
Further activities will centre on sharing experiences gained by visiting these important landmark places by mounting local exhibitions in the library and Oriel gallery. In this way local people will be able to learn how what happened in Newtown fitted in to the national war effort. Volunteers will also collect photographs, newspaper clippings and letters which have been passed down in their families which will be exhibited alongside the material collected from national museums. In this way the whole community can see how we are all connected in some way to the First World War.
There will be opportunities for volunteers to have training on website design and learn new computer skills because the funding will include setting up a Newtown Remembers Website. With help and training from a Newtown professional company the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where people can access information.
Commenting on the award project leader and Mayor of Newtown Rina Clarke said “ We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund which means that Newtown people can learn about the impact of WW1 both nationally and locally. As well as Newtown Library and the Oriel Davies Gallery, the partnership includes local organisations such as the Local History Group, Civic Society, the Royal British Legion, local churches, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Trade. We will all work together to ensure the success of this exciting project”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in Wales, Jennifer Stewart, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. With our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the Newtown Remembers project 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.”
Details of how everyone can get involved will be publicised in the press and on the Newtown Town Council Website in the next month.