The Government recently announced their plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War through a programme around the themes of remembrance, youth and education.
Their programme will start on 4th August 2014 with a diverse range of cultural and traditional events which will honour and remember the millions who gave their lives.
The Heritage Lottery Fund, (www.hlf.org.uk), has recently launched a new grants programme – ‘First World War: then and now - a Centenary grant programme’. This is specifically aimed at small community projects which look to actively encourage people to discover and make links with the history of their local communities.
In addition, the Imperial War Museums have created the Centenary Partnership - (www.1914.org/partners) - a network of more than 1,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations. Membership of the Partnership, which is open to all non-commercial organisations, provides support and access to resources which will enable millions of people across the world to discover more about life during the First World War.
War Memorials will provide the focus for a great deal of commemorative activity during the centenary. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport along with English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Imperial War Museums, provides funding to ensure that War Memorials are maintained and conserved to an appropriately high standard. Further information can be found at http://www.hlf.org.uk/ourproject/projectsbysector/buildingsandmonuments/Pages/WarmemorialsintheUK.aspx
The Government are also funding an educational project that will give pupils from every state-funded secondary school the opportunity to visit battlefields of the Western Front from spring 2014 to March 2019.