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Help us to record the legacy of the First World War

As we approach the final year of the centenary of the Great War, the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team are pulling out all of the stops to ensure we record as much of the legacy of this conflict as possible before they are lost and forgotten forever. Two new workshops have been announced, whilst August has been designated a big recording month for the project. The team have also started to recruit champions who have shown their skill at recording sites, in order to inspire others to take up the challenge.

Women workers at the National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell. c. IWM

Council for British Archaeology and Living Legacies First World War Community Workshops

The Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy (HFL) team in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council Living Legacies First World War Engagement Centre are hosting two free community workshops to explore how to research, record and fund your own First World War project.

During the workshops, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Home Front Legacy recording app to create new knowledge about the legacy of the First World War in your local area. We will also introduce you to the Home Front Legacy’s range of learning resources for young people. Help and advice will be available to help you set up your own First World War community project with guidance on funding available from the Heritage Lottery Fund and how you can apply, while representatives from existing First World War projects will provide inspiration by sharing their experiences.  

The community workshops have been organised for regional and local groups in the Cambridge and Bristol areas. They are aimed at county and local archaeology and history societies, leaders from CBA’s Young Archaeologists’ Club branches, CBA regional groups and existing and emerging First World War community projects funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund or through the Arts and Humanities Research Council First World War Engagement Centres. Places are limited so booking is essential

Big Recording Month for HFL

There is also still a chance to join in with the HFL Big Recording Month. Throughout August, we have been encouraging people to research and record Home Front sites in their local area using the resources and recording app. You don’t need any prior experience to get involved and we’ll teach you all the skills you need.

This is your opportunity to help build up a better picture of the archaeological remains of the First World War Home Front throughout the UK. Your records can help preserve the sites and stories for future generations, as well as increase our understanding of this often forgotten aspect of the war.

To find out more please visit the Home Front Legacy website where you will find out all about the recording app, be able to search the sites that have been recorded so far, access useful resources, and discover all the latest news and research via our blog. So far, over 3,000 sites have been recorded by our project volunteers. We need you to get involved and add more to our Map of Sites

The HFL app being used

We need you

To spread the word about this project, and get more people involved, we want to build up our network of Home Front Legacy Champions. We would like to find 5 champions in each region of England, who have made an outstanding contribution to the project by inspiring and supporting others to get involved, researching the history of sites, or showing a high standard of recording. They might be members of CBA groups, county, or local societies, or from another First World War project. If you know someone who would make a great champion please contact us.

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