Inspiring people of all ages to come together to explore their First World War heritage, The Last Post project gives communities the chance to remember the impact World War One had on their area and to play music from the era as a mark of commemoration.
At every event around the country, the Last Post will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in the community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to guitars and drums.
Last Post events this year will take place across the UK from 4th to 18th November 2014 as part of a ‘Last Post fortnight’.
To get involved and organise a Last Post event, community organisations and groups across the country can register for free now on The Last Post website to receive a toolkit, a WW1 songbook, training sessions and cash expenses to cover event costs.
Explaining the importance of the HLF support for the project, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive stated: “This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”
Dr Emma Hanna, of the University of Greenwich, is the Historical Adviser for The Last Post project, providing historical information on the music and memory of the First World War. Dr Hanna is a member of the Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre based at the University of Kent. Gateways has also provided support for The Last Post’s training and information programme, and we are keen to talk to other groups about how we might be able to help with centenary projects. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit our website.
For more information about The Last Post project visit www.thelastpostproject.org.uk.