Grant will allow first world war stories to be told in Stalham area

The Museum of the Broads at Stalham. Photo: Bill Smith

The Museum of the Broads at Stalham. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant © 2013

The poignant and patriotic first world war stories of families will be told during the centenary of the conflict's outbreak - thanks to a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

Soldiers march through Stalham in 1915. Photo: Submitted.

Soldiers march through Stalham in 1915. Photo: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

The grant to the Museum of the Broads at Stalham will finance the project, Broadland During the First World War.

Soldiers march through Stalham in 1915. Photo: Submitted.

Soldiers march through Stalham in 1915. Photo: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

Awarded through HLF's First World War: Then and Now programme, it will enable local people in Stalham and surrounding villages to record the wartime tales of their families.

The project, starting at the end of this month, will train students from Stalham High School to interview and film local people, and then illustrate their stories using photos from private collections and local archives.

The resulting DVD will be launched at Stalham High School in July. A website will be created to allow greater access to the stories.

The museum will also host an exhibition, focusing on the stories, and displaying items from the museum's collection and from local private collections. The exhibition will feature the diaries of the Rev Maurice Bird who was vicar of Brunstead during the war, and who recorded in detail the lives of his parishioners. The exhibition runs from July to the end of October, and then again for the whole of 2018.

Nicola Hems, curator at the Museum of the Broads, said: 'We are delighted to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and look forward to working with local people and students to record this important time in our heritage. If people from the Broads would like to share their family stories, allow us to copy a family photo, or lend us family mementoes for our exhibition, then please contact me at the museum.'

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Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: 'With our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Broadland During the First World War 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.'

? Are you planning events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war? Contact the newsdesk via 01603 628311 or email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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