This short film from award-winning director Nichola Bruce illustrates the world of hidden stories and connections that mark Kent and its people out as particularly important in the impact and legacy of the First World War.
Nichola Bruce, with long-term collaborator Sam Sharples, bring a taste of the stories from Coastal Kent in the First World War alive. Working closely with the Screen South Kent in WW1 research team, led by Darrienne Price, the film is supported by local people and their families who have allowed us to reflect on some very personal stories echoing down the century.
Local heritage groups and organisations have been very generous in opening up their archive and giving us their time to discuss the unique contribution played by Kent communities. We are also grateful to the Imperial War Museum for their support on archive moving image research and inclusion.
Screen South would like to thank all those involved in the making of this film, something which we are very proud of, and we hope that you too will enjoy and appreciate the film’s significance in telling the stories of Kent in WW1. For more stories from WW1, visit the http://kentww1.com/ website.
The exciting new website, Kent in WW1 (http://kentww1.com/) developed by Screen South in partnership with communities and organisations from across the Kent coast, is now live. It is the culmination of a successful Heritage Lottery Funded project that began in 2013.
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. www.hlf.org.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. www.screensouth.org
For further information, images and interviews, please contact:
Darrienne Price, Head of Business Support and WW1 Heritage firstname.lastname@example.org / 01303 259777