At the beginning of 2013, the Trust received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for our WElling WILL REMEMBER THEM project, to research and tell the stories of the local men from East Wickham and Welling who fought in the First World War. After advertising in the local community, 17 people were recruited as Research Volunteers to uncover the stories of the 105 men who are listed on our war memorial and to find out about other men from the local area who fought in the Great War. The Research Volunteers have also been learning about the First World War Artefacts held by Bexley Heritage Trust and will be visiting Ypres to look for some of the graves of the Fallen Soldiers and find out more about the battles and conditions on the Western Front.
The Year 5 and Year 6 children at Foster’s School have also been an important part of our project, researching some of the men who attended their school and learning about the First World War and life on the Home Front.
The project will run until the end of 2014 and over the two years and we will be creating an exhibition, publishing a book and running learning events for families and adults with learning disabilities. The creation of this website is part of the project and over the coming weeks the stories that we have been researching will be uploaded.
You can find out more about our project by clicking on the links highlighted in the text.
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