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First World War projects launch with HLF funding

First-year Archaeology undergraduate students excavating a World War One training camp near Masham, North Yorkshire. Monument to the 'Leeds Pals' in background. © University of York

Remembering the First World War 

2014 sees the beginning of a series of centenaries marking the First World War. Key events and developments relating to the conflict will be commemorated, including the Battle of the Somme, the Gallipoli campaign, the changing role of women, the Armistice and the dedication of the first war memorials.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) can provide funds through our existing grant programmes to help you mark these important anniversaries by exploring the history and legacy of the war and helping people understand how it impacted on communities across the UK, especially their own.

On Thursday 11 October it was announced that an additional £6 million would be available for small grants to enable young people working in their communities to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War. This scheme will run for six years from early 2013.

The HLF are working with Imperial War Museums (IWM), who are leading the UK’s cultural commemorative programme for the centenaries. Applicants for the scheme will be able to access IWM expertise and resources by joining the centenary partnership.

War Memorials

There has recently been increased interest in the condition of war memorials across the UK. There are a number of sources of funding available to help people look after and learn from their local war memorials and to commemorate the heritage of sacrifice and conflict. For more information see the War Memorials Trust website.

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