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Home Front Legacy 1914-18

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Home Front Legacy was a UK wide project, prinicipally funded by Historic England, which helped local communities record the remains of the First World War in their local area. 

Inspiration for the project came in part from the CBA’s Defence of Britain project which ran from 1995-2001 recording the militarised landscape of the UK and identifying a significant number of First World War remains. Building on this, the Home Front Legacy project aimed to record not only the military remains but also the broad variety of other sites associated with the period such as public spaces, allotments and village halls that were utilised to support the war effort.

Running over the course of the First World War centenary, the project encouraged individuals and groups of all ages and backgrounds to get involved and by the close of the project 5,660 sites across the UK had been recorded. 

Project archive

During the course of the project an online recording app was developed to allow users to upload details of sites to an online searchable database.

All of the records uploaded during the course of the project are available via the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project archive hosted by the Archaeology Data Service

You can access the archive here https://doi.org/10.5284/1059297

The information recorded as part of the Home Front Legacy will help to inform future planning decisions and increase protection for vulnerable remains. 

As the project is now finished we can no longer add new material to the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 archive. However, any further information and new sites can be recorded through local Historic Environment Records/Sites and Monuments Records.

Home Front Legacy cartoons by Dave Chisholm

Learning resources

A suite of learning resources were produced to accompany the project including a range of cartoons by artist Dave Chisholm. 

The learning resources continue to be available from the Young Archaeologists' Club website

Find out more

To find out more about the project take a look at our recent article published in Historic England's Research magazine

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