Arts education organisation, Daisi, has been awarded £34,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to support an exciting commemorative project for young people- Remembering the First World War: what it means to us.
The project runs over two years (2014 – 2016), and enables four separately drawn geographical communities in Devon to explore local stories and happenings from that time providing opportunities for local young people to then make creative responses to the research which will be shared widely through exhibitions, film and a touring show.
In Tiverton the focus is on the War effort at home, whilst in Barnstaple the exploration is centred around the Devon Regiments and in particular the Gallipoli campaign. In Dartmoor the research will include farming families around Burrator Reservoir and in Dawlish the emphasis is on war time entertainment; concert parties and end of the pier Pierrot shows.
The first community to start work is Tiverton. Young people from local schools including Tiverton High School and their families will be invited to take part. Workshops in animation, print making and the creation of memorial artefacts will take place at National Trust property Knightshayes and Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life during February and May half term. In addition there will be a schools’ programme of activities.
Heritage experts from Tiverton Museum and Knightshayes will be on hand to introduce young people to the rich source materials they hold. Pippa Griffith, Director and Museum Development Officer for Mid Devon said:
“In Tiverton, the Heathcoat lace factory drilled shell cases and Knightshayes (then the house owned by the same family) became a VAD hospital. We are planning, with the National Trust, to run a joint exhibition next summer looking at these stories, and the local people that worked at both places. Daisi’s project will enable us to extend and enhance our existing plans for 2015”.
Knightshayes has a scrap book kept by a local nurse who worked in the temporary Red Cross hospital. Learning and Engagement Officer at Knightshayes, Rachael Hall said:
“This project will be a fantastic way to contribute to our exhibition. Artwork produced by young people, in response to our local WW1 historical documents and our historic setting, will create a poignant and thought provoking contrast to our original source material”.
Daisi Director, Liz Hill said “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that our project will support young people to actively participate in the First World War commemorations.”
Commenting on the grant award, Nerys Watts, Head of HLF in the South West, 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 £58 million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; through our grants programmes, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in this new project from Daisi 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.”
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