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War photo project benefits from £3,800 lottery grant

The recruiting office in Temple Square, Aylesbury, between April and August 1914. Below, the same view now, which is Temple Square Dental Surgery

The recruiting office in Temple Square, Aylesbury, between April and August 1914. Below, the same view now, which is Temple Square Dental Surgery

The Vale’s wartime heritage will be preserved thanks to a lottery grant as part of a photo project to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the cash to the Bucks Military Museum Trust for the Bucks Great War Virtual Trail.

Photographs of modern day buildings and landmarks will be taken to contrast with past snaps of the same location between 1914 and 1919 to give a sense of immediacy.

The project will cover all aspects of the war on the home front and all parts of the county – including images of soldiers or recruits marching through towns and villages, military camps, war hospitals, Belgian refugees, collections for war charities, war work on farms and in factories, or the unveiling of war memorials.

The photos will be taken by volunteers before being compiled into a virtual online photoghraphic archive will be created on Trust’s own website.

A series of public meetings will give people the opportunity to discuss, contribute, share and research information about photos collected, and to have their own treasured photographs of wartime events in the county preserved.

The trust also hopes that community groups, local societies and schools will be enlisted to match the wartime images to modern day counterparts, and to also researchg the original events.

Secretary of the Trust professor Ian Beckett said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for preserving the photographic legacy of the First World War in Bucks.”

Head of the south east branch of the Heritage Lottery Fund Stuart McLeod said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching and touched and shaped every corner of the country and beyond.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £57million in projects both large and small which are marking this global centenery.

“With our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in the Bucks Great War Trail to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local people in particular broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

 

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