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Kent in World War 1 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.

Screen shot of the new website

Screen shot of the new website

Kent and Medway in the First World War – timeline

The timeline of events across the county during World War 1 was researched by Time2Give volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone. It is part of a series of information and activities Kent County Council are organising as part of the First World War Centenary to commemorate those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

To find out what happened in Kent 100 years ago today, visit www.kent.gov.uk/ww1 and take a look at this fantastic resource.



Kent connections to the Imperial War Museum uncovered

Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian – Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives, has uncovered two figures with Kent & Medway connections, who were instrumental in the early story of the Imperial War Museum:

Martin Conway & his daughter Agnes Conway Horsfield.

Sir Martin Conway, the Museum’s first Director General, said that exhibits must “be vitalised by contributions expressive of the action, the experiences, the valour and the endurance of individuals”.

From 1917-1929, Agnes Conway worked on gathering materials representing women’s work in the First World War as a member of the Women at Work Committee of the newly established Imperial War Museum.

Martin Conway was born in Rochester.  Martin and his wife Katrina Conway bought and restored Allington Castle.  For further information, please take a look at the following links:







Agnes Conway was also involved in helping Belgian refugees who arrived at Ramsgate. The IWM Women, War and Society website has a pamphlet which she wrote with I R Y Marble  – “13 months’ work with Belgians” – which started in Oct 10th 1914, when she went to Ramsgate ‘under the auspices of the Wounded Allies Relief Committee, to help with the families of the first fifty Belgian wounded soldiers who were received in Britain.’

(Thanks to Kent library volunteer, Julia Booth, for identifying this information)

Steering Group meeting – minutes

The Steering Group met on 10th October 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum to discuss progress of the various working groups.

Read the full minutes here: FWW Steering Group – Minutes 10_10_2013

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.  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 darrienne.price@screensouth.org / 01303 259777

News from the South-East Grid for Learning Associates and their FWW plans…

About the South-East Grid for Learning Associates

The South-East Grid for Learning Associates seek to develop, promote and deliver high quality learning services to schools, colleges and partnerships across the South East of England. At the heart of our work is a commitment to using technology to enhance enquiry and project based learning. Major educational projects since 2010 include the schools Census project (http://census.segfl.org.uk/a partnership project between the Grid, National Archives and Bfi, and the acclaimed Bird Box Project (http://birdbox.segfl.org.uk/).

This summer the Associates have been managing the Living Islands Live: A Puffin Season on Burhou (www.livingislands.co.uk) for the Alderney Wildlife Trust. In 2014 in partnership with the RSPB the Grid will be launching ‘Dungeness Live.’  A free educational website designed for all Kent schools.

Previous WW1 Projects and Training opportunities

  • March 2013  Investigating the Past – World War I Events in Hampshire (Project CD for Hampshire Schools. Partners: HCC Archives & Local Studies at Hampshire Record Office/ Wessex Film & Sound Archives)

Presently Planning

  • Investigating the Past – World War I Events in West Sussex. Partner: Chichester University
  • Interpreting the new primary history curriculum / World War I Project Planning Day for Kent primary schools (Proposed days to take place between November 2013 /March 2014)
  • What happened here? – World War I Local Study Project (Kent Schools)
  • Using ICT to interpret the past (WW1)  (Using E2BN/National Education Network Resources)  Museum Box, Cookit, History’s Heroes plus Census Data, Stop/Start animation and blue screening
  • Web conferencing days with leading WW1 Military and Political figures

If you would like to find out more about Kent-based FWW projects, or want to get involved, please contact

Phil Bracegirdle (SEGfLA) E-mail: pbracegirdle@segfl.org.uk or Tel: 07801 709409.

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 1914.org 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 1914.org 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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