Lottery Fund awards £9900 to “Home Front Dean” to mark First World War Centenary

Home Front Dean wll tell the story of how the war affected local people in the Forest of Dean
Home Front Dean wll tell the story of how the war affected local people in the Forest of Dean

The Home Front Dean special event on the 2nd and 3rd of August 2014 at the Dean Heritage Centre will be a commemorative weekend to mark the centenary with nostalgic music from the ‘Marjorie Belles’ singing trio, the Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir, ration themed cooking demonstrations from Harts Barn Cookery School, engaging theatre from ‘Spaniel in the Works’ and fascinating talks by the FW Harvey society and Matthew Lightstone who will also be showing his 2013 film ‘Ralph’ – a moving account based on the true story of his great, great uncle’s time in the war. Anyone who has something they would like to add to the event are welcome to contact

Commenting on the award, Collections Officer Phillippa Turner said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and we will use the funds to produce an exhibition and event that effectively and respectfully commemorates the Centenary of the First World War in the Forest of Dean. We would also like to thank the Forest of Dean Local History Society for their hard work and research that will form the main material for the exhibition and local people who have donated or loaned their artefacts and stories.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head of the HLF in the South West, Nerys Watts, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching every corner of the UK. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £52million in projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the ’Home Front Dean’ project 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.”

An associated education programme will feature a First World War themed trail focusing on six ‘people of note’ from the local area. These will be showcased individually throughout the Centre.



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