Amble Town Council history project wins lottery funding

A project which will explore life in a Northumberland seaside town during the First World War has received £12,500 lottery funding

Amble Town Square War Memorial
Amble Town Square War Memorial

A project which will explore life in a Northumberland seaside town during the First World War has received £12,500 lottery funding.

In Memory of the Fallen, led by Amble Town Council, has been awarded the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It will see the council work with young people and community groups with workshops and a commemorative service to be held alongside the creation of a trail using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, booklet and DVD.

The project will look at the social history of Amble, and its immediate surrounding area, focusing on the changes from the early 1900s to around the mid-1920s both in its built environment, working social life and the effect of the First World War on the tight-knit community.

The Amble area was not at forefront of the war, however many felt the effects of deprivation and disruption to their family lives.

The community made a huge contribution to the war effort and the conflict touched the lives of everyone who lived and worked in the area.

Almost 180 names are recorded on the town’s war memorials.

The project will see the council work in partnership with various groups of young people helping them to learn new skills, including interview techniques, and recording.

The young people will create a trail using GPS technology to illustrate, through a modern medium, aspects of the town’s history from the perspective of the families and men who were closely involved in the war.

Assistance will also be given by Amble Development Trust, Amble Social History Group, Warkworth and Amble Royal British Legion and interested individuals.

Community workshops will be held to obtain and display information and the final event will be a commemorative service held on August 2, 2014, organised by the town council.

The information gathered about the town and its surrounding areas, together with data of the men on the memorials, will be incorporated into a booklet.

Some of the findings and interviews will result in the production of a DVD creating a lasting record which can be used by schools, libraries and archives long into the future.

Chairman of the town Council Craig Weir said: “We are thrilled and proud to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident that the project will serve to benefit the community and highlight the events of the past that shaped the Amble area for the future.”

Ivor Crowther, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, added: “The First World War changed the face of modern history touching the lives of everyone in this country and beyond.

“In Memory of the Fallen, will encourage local people, especially younger generations to learn more about how this period in our history changed the future of Amble.”

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