Great Dunham Primary School wins National Lottery support for First World War project

Great Dunham Primary School. Pic shows the school. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Katie Cooper FOR; EDP

Great Dunham Primary School. Pic shows the school. PHOTO; Matthew Usher COPY; Katie Cooper FOR; EDP NEWS COPYRIGHT; EDP pics © 2006 TEL; (01603) 772434 - Credit: Matthew Usher

Great Dunham Primary School has been awarded £27,700 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which will research and inform communities about the men from Great Dunham and Little Dunham who died in the First World War.

The project, called Fields Familiar, Foreign and Far Away, aims to help develop an understanding of the men, virtually all farmworkers from the fields of Norfolk, who were involved in the fighting not just in France and Flanders, but in Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Palestine.

As well as undertaking the research, pupils in the school will then share what they have found with their communities through a number of presentations and performances in Great Dunham and Dereham.

Sharon Nour, headteacher of Great Dunham Primary School, said: 'We are delighted to receive the award from HLF. Thanks to National Lottery we can play a leading role in helping our communities to remember those that died on the centenary of the end of the First World War.'

The work produced will include aspects of local culture from 100 years ago and pupils will study and write poems based on the war.

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Students will also create a full length play produced with the support of one of the country's foremost dramatists for young people.

The project will create a publication which will go free to all families in the area as well as to all libraries, museums and Royal British Legion groups.

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This year marks the centenary of the end of World War One, with events taking place across Norfolk to mark the occasion.

Great Dunham Primary School is asking for people with families of those listed on the two war memorials to get in touch with them.

If you have information about any of the soldiers, email or phone 01328 701357.

Are you hosting or taking part in an event or project related to the centenary of the end of World War One? Get in touch and send the details to our reporter Dan Bennett by emailing or phoning 01362 854702.

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