Today, The Queen's Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry
Museum has received £7,000 from the Heritage Lottery
Fund (HLF) for its project Call
to Arms at Thoresby Courtyard, North Nottinghamshire.
Awarded through HLF's First World
War: then and now programme, the project will focus
on the important actions of the war and the part played
by local regiments during the conflict. It will also
enable the Museum to create a new exhibition space in
which visitors can experience and learn about life
in the trenches.
To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project
will enable local people in Nottinghamshire to come together
to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who
fought and lived through the war. Volunteers
will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents,
as well as family tales passed down, to help them build
a clear picture of what life was really like.
With help from professionals, the information gathered
will be digitally recorded and uploaded onto a touch
screen computer which visitors can access. The archives
will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and
research information about the First World War.
Commenting on the award, Curator Capt Mick Holtby said:
"We are thrilled to have received
the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund; this grant will
enable the Museum to welcome visitors to a new exhibition
space where they can experience and learn about life in
the trenches and the First World War"
The exhibition will open on 12 August 2014 and run
to 2018, with the emphasis changing each year to reflect
key events and the regiments' roles during the conflict.
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the head
of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: "The
impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching
and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage
Lottery Fund has already invested more than £15million
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 Call to Arms 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
Notes to editors
About The Queen's Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire
The Museum was opened in July 2011 and is a partnership
of The Queen's Royal Lancers, The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry
and The South Notts Hussars. The Museum is free to enter
and enables local families and other visitors to the area
to learn about their local history through the eyes of
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage
Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for
heritage, people and communities across the UK and help
build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks
and historic places to archaeology, natural environment
and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our
diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects
with more than £5.5bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk.
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Through its First World War: then and now programme, HLF
is making at least £1million available per year
for six years until 2019. It will provide grants between
£3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and
groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share
their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding
of the impact of the conflict.
To find out how to apply for funding visit www.hlf.org.uk/thenandnow.
If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for
a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through
its open programmes www.hlf.org.uk/firstworldwar
For further information, images and
interviews, please contact Capt JM Holtby at QRL&
NY Museum on 01623 824222 or firstname.lastname@example.org