A special First World War conference takes place at the Ulster Museum in Belfast this June.
World War One Today: Sharing Community Research during the Centenary of World War One, is a free event for individuals and groups interested in the war and its heritage.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been active in supporting a wide range of community projects across the UK to mark the centenary of World War 1 (WW1).
These projects have focussed on a very broad variety of subjects, not just focussing on the military aspects of 1914-18 but also encompassing the cultural and societal impacts of the war upon the lives of people and communities in multiple different ways.
Working in partnership with the HLF, five WW1 public engagement centres have been established to connect academic researchers with community researchers to develop closer collaborations on WW1 heritage during the Centenary period.
This discovery day and showcase event reflects the partnership between the HLF, its funded community WW1 heritage projects, and the five university-based WW1 public engagement centres, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
As well as funding projects through established programmes such as ‘Our Heritage’, ‘Young Roots’ and ‘Heritage Grants’, the HLF have awarded well over 1,500 awards through the ‘First World War: Then and Now’ scheme. This is suitable for smaller scale projects, with grants ranging from £3,000 to £10,000. The application process is streamlined and around two-thirds of the projects funded by this scheme have been first-time applicants.
This free event, held at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, is aimed at community groups who have ideas for a WW1 Centenary project, be it small or large in scale, and whatever stage of development it has reached.
Groups who have successfully completed HLF-funded projects will talk about their experiences of developing and running them, and expert advice will be on hand from the WW1 engagement centre teams to assist participants in thinking about how to structure their plans. Advisers from HLF will talk through some of the practical aspects of applying, and there will be a forum for individuals and groups to discuss their ideas.
To register a place please respond via email to Heather Montgomery, Project Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 02890 973883. For further information, please visit http://ww1engage.org.uk/