First World War legacy project gets under way

Sean Watson from Gorebridge Community Development Trust
Sean Watson from Gorebridge Community Development Trust

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £10,000 to plans to mark Gorebridge’s contribution during the First World War centenary.

‘The First World War: Then and Now’ funding will allow Gorebridge Community Development Trust to run an exhibition – ‘Gorebridge Memories and the Industries of the Great War’ – which will focus on understanding how the war impacted on the area, and in turn how this industrious town and its people impacted the war.

The project will allow community groups to engage with the war in new ways, offering groups the chance to interact with the past using digital media, workshops and exhibitions – and to record their own family histories.

Stephanie Walker, chairman of the trust, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the HLF and the opportunity to tell the story of the areas contribution during this important anniversary.”

The research and planning work on the project started last week and will be ongoing until September next year.

Work with local schools and the community will begin in the next couple of weeks, with further plans to work with Stobhill, Gorebridge and St Andrew’s Primary Schools using basic computer coding and storytelling.

It will also involve the children receiving a named person from the war memorial and they will investigate their background to build a picture of the person and create a personal memorial.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Lucy Casot, head of the organisation in Scotland, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond.

“HLF has already invested more than £15 million 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 Gorebridge 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.”