Devon’s library service has been one of 10 national pathfinders piloting how libraries can work with artists and communities to explore the meaning of the First World War within local communities. We have worked with DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools) and artists in Cullompton on a piece of work that has engaged local children, a dementia group and artists in uncovering the part that Cullompton played at that time.
The material has now been uploaded to HistoryPin, along with the pathfinders from across the country. It’s available at www.digitalwarmemorial.com. The Devon contribution is available by clicking on the tab marked ‘More than we can well imagine home here’. In addition, relevant ‘pins’ have been added to the map with different content relating to Cullompton.
We are officially launching the site at the British Library on 8th September at an event which will be attended by Ed Vaizey, the Libraries and Culture Minister and Alan Davey, Chief Executive of the Arts Council (who have funded the pathfinders with a grant of £200K) with local representation from the project team led by Lesley Salter, one of our Development Officers, and Councillor Roger Croad.
Our aspiration is to enable library services across England to work in the same way so that we have a digital war memorial reflecting libraries’ deep engagement with their local communities.
For further information about the project, please contact Lesley Salter on 01392 383000.