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Swale Borough Council WW1 Council website

At Swale Borough Council we are working to support local organisations planning First World War Commemorative Projects by providing guidance and promoting awareness and how to get involved.

We have produced a project form and encouraged it’s completion and return in order that we can upload details on to a dedicated webpage on the Council’s website .

The North Kent Coast and it’s communities played a key role in the First World War and we want to ensure this is reflected  in any acts of remembrance and commemoration that are planned locally during the centenary period.

If you are planning a regional project or event that will be working in the Swale area please let us know and we will signpost and direct you to those groups and local people that can add value to your project.

Screen South Successful in Lottery Bid

Kent in WW1- people, places and events in your county, a programme managed by Screen South, secures a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

Screen South, a community focused creative media company, based in Folkestone Kent, has received a confirmed grant of £99,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Kent in World War 1 (WW1) project, it was announced today. The projects aims to commemorate the people, places and events of Coastal Kent in WW1 with the creation of an interactive website bringing together and creating “one click” access to the heritage of the coastal communities of Kent in WW1.

The site will incorporate 15 micro- sites for locations around the coast enabling stories and material to be uploaded by contributors in each location, and ensuring that people find out about the impact of WW1 in their locality, plus events and activities in which they can participate.

A programme of community sharing events and school activities will enable people to take part and learn about the life of coastal communities in this period, whether sharing their memorabilia in pop-up exhibitions or adding to a flat map of their locality to show where actual people lived (both those who served in the forces and civilians). There will be opportunities for local heritage and community groups as well as interested volunteers to help develop and deliver the programme and website- making this a truly community project.

The Kent coast had a pivotal role in WW1, with the involvement of all three services (Army, Navy and Airforce). Kent saw major upheaval as the gateway through which men and material passed to the Western Front. The influx of men and women this produced, and the changes that occurred to every day civilian life as a consequence of the War, had a huge impact on the coastal towns and villages of coastal Kent which still resonates today. The project will bring together fragmented information into one common portal, providing access to all to the extraordinary history of the coastal communities and people in this period – bringing the past to life.

Jo Nolan, M.D. at Screen South, said: “Screen South is absolutely delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund grant will enable us to lead this important community heritage initiative for WW1. We look forward to working with people from the coastal community in Kent and other partners on this project. Kent is home to some great stories and hidden gems, which by working together we will be able to uncover and share with a much wider audience- bringing the past within touching distance.”

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.

About Screen South

Screen South is a Creative Development agency delivering and supporting innovative projects across screen-based media and the wider cultural and creative industries. They are a resource and broker that helps people get their ideas off the ground and supports delivery locally, nationally and internationally. Their overarching aim is to contribute to stimulating a competitive, successful and vibrant, creative industry and culture, and to promote its growth, enjoyment and understanding locally and internationally. Screen South is passionate about developing and contributing to a dynamic environment in which film and screen-based media culture can flourish. They are also the home of the Accentuate, the London 2012 legacy programme for the South East.

Screen South is a partner in the North Seas Screen Partnership, a European exchange with countries in the North Seas area including areas in Norway and Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and Scotland. Award Winning uScreen is also supported by the NSSP programme.

For further information, images and interviews, please contact:

Darrienne Price, Head of Business Support and WW1 Heritage / 01303 259777

New project for Strangeface Mask Theatre gets support from NAM

Strangeface Mask Theatre Company, based in Southborough, work with communities nationally to make live art accessible for all. Since 2005 we have performed in shared places such as schools, libraries and village/memorial halls supported by local volunteers, Rural Touring Agencies, Arts Council and Kent County Council.

Our next theatre project is on the life of illusionist and pioneer filmmaker Georges Méliès, most famous for his 1902 short “A Trip to the Moon”. Whilst researching we found part of Méliès’ studio was requisitioned during WWI to become a hospital. He retreated to the remaining area to stage revues! Touched by the connections with our work, the transformation of space for community purpose, we have designed participation project that links people by experiences though they might be miles apart.

National Army Museum have offered to support our project “Space Transformed”, enabling us to use their archives for research purposes. We will offer a free-to-access resource kit, supporting workshops and online shared space for findings. The kit will act as a catalyst for intergenerational groups to discover the history of their venue 100 years ago and the people who inhabited it. We will encourage use of the website to share stories, images and their experiences of hunting for local heritage.

For more information contact Bethan at or 01892 529813.

Steering Group Minutes

Please find here the minutes from Friday’s steering group meeting fww steering group meeting July 5th



WW1 Centenary Events Announced

The British Government has announced their WW1 Centenary Events. See the BBC article on it here:

La Boisselle on TV!

I have had the following email from the La Boiselle Study Group that I thought you may all be interested in:

“The Somme: Secret Tunnel Wars” will be broadcast at 9pm on BBC Four on Monday 20 May 2013. Written and presented by Peter Barton, the film follows the team as we explore the hidden labyrinth of the tunnel system at the Glory Hole, La Boisselle.

Even if you miss it on Monday the film will be shown on a number of occasions throughout the week and will be on the BBC iPlayer. More details including a gallery of images and three short videos can be found on the BBC’s dedicated page:

We will add some galleries of images to the La Boisselle Study Group website over the weekend in time for Monday:

Useful tips and hints from UoK

The Univesity of Kent have put together a few useful guidelines for Museums and Heritage organisations who are doing or thinking of doing things for the First World War Centenary. You can download a copy of them below:

U o K Guidelines for Museums WW1

2014 Real Poppy Campaign

The 2014 Real Poppy Campaign – is a simple campaign to encourage people to plant real poppies to commemorate the Centenary. We aim to ‘float’ our campaign throughout Kent County early in 2014. This will be a silent and fittingly poignant reminder to all who see them.

The read poppy campaign wants to know:

Could your project (or any other projects you are involved with) make appropriate use of FREE Poppy Seeds?

If so, could you somehow involve the younger generation (schools/youth groups etc)  in the planting of the seeds locally?

If so, could you somehow help to educate the younger generation about the First World War?

Please reply via email – or by post to


Royal British Legion Greenhithe

London Road Greenhithe

Kent DA9 9EJ

IWM Marketing Meeting

Just back from a very helpful meeting aboard HMS Belfast for the IWM Marketing Meeting. Lots of useful points to take away, I have written up some notes so feel free to read them here. Hope they make sense!

Main points to take away from the meeting:

  • Join Culture24 (if not already a member)
  • Add all WW1 Centenary events to your page here and ‘tag’ it First World War Celebrations
  • events listed on here will be distributed to the official IWM site, the Telegraph, Culture24, grans net, BBC and many more. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO DO THIS!! If you are having problems with the site, contact the people at Culture24 and they will help you through the process
  • Ensure information up to date on centenary partnership site
  • IWM will be putting lots of marketing help on the partnership extranet
  • It doesn’t matter what you call the First World War/WW1/The Great War but they suggest for social media purposes to use WW1 and for things linked to IWM partnership work use First World War
  • Remember as partners with IWM you can use the FWW logo – so use it!

Government/Country are officially commemorating the following:

  •  4th August 1914: War Declared
  • 25th April 2015: Gallipoli
  • 31 May 1 June 2016: Jutland
  • 1st July 2016: Somme
  • 2017: paschendale
  • 2018: Armistice day

Click here for the detailed notes: Iwm meeting at the Belfast

We also got given a list of contacts of various different people from around the country involved in WW1 commemorations – I won’t put this online for obvious reasons but feel free to get in contact if you want to find out more.

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IWM & brightsolid create ‘Lives of the First World War’

IWM & brightsolid partner to create digital platform
Lives of the First World War

IWM (Imperial War Museums) and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology arm of publishing
group DC Thomson, are working in partnership to create Lives of the First World War – an innovative
and interactive digital platform to mark the First World War Centenary.

Lives of the First World War will hold the stories of over 8 million men and women who served in
uniform and worked on the home front. It will be the official place for communities across the world to
connect, explore, reveal and share even more about these people’s lives.