Friday, 25 October 2013

The Great War - Between The Lines - Cambridgeshire Remembers

The Great War - Between the Lines project needs residents’ help to commemorate the role Cambridgeshire people played in the Great War.

Remembrance Day this year brings with it special poignancy as it marks the start of the period of commemoration leading up to the Centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in August 2014.

On Monday, November 11, 2013, Cambridgeshire County Council's 'Great War - Between the Lines' project will be announcing more details about its programme of activities for 2014.

On the day the Council will also be running a 'bring your stories' event at Cambridgeshire Archives in Shire Hall as well as giving advice on how to research your own family.

The Council would like people to come and share their family’s experiences of the war.  There will also be original documents on display and advice on researching First World War Cambridgeshire and family history. The archives search room will be open following a short remembrance service at Shire Hall at 11am and will close at 2pm.

This project aims to bring to light the many 'hidden stories' about the role Cambridgeshire and its people played in the 'war to end all wars'. The Great War had an immediate effect on the county and its people, but also left a lasting legacy still affecting modern society.

During 2014 the Great War - Between the Lines project will :

  • deliver a series of touring exhibitions in a number of locations covering the war from different angles
  • publish a number of tourist routes following Great War themes and locations - covering locations such as Cambridge itself, Huntingdon, Wisbech and the Guided Busway route
  • run workshops designed to involve younger people in understanding the impact of the Great War in Cambridgeshire
  • end with a commemorative event at Hinchingbrooke Hall, Huntingdon on Sunday 3rd August 2014, which will include re-enactments, theatre, dance and exhibitions

To find out more and to view the growing collection of digital material being collected by the project - available for all to view for years to come, please visit www.great-war.ccan.co.uk '

People can contact the project through the website if they have materials they would like to add to the growing Great War digital collection or can upload it themselves via the ‘We need your help tab’.

Also people and organisations who have any Great War related events or activities taking place next year can also contact the team through the website.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Deputy Leader and Chairman of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Military Covenant Board, said: “The Great War touched many families across Cambridgeshire and we want to hear these stories before they are lost forever. It is not just the stories of the soldiers but also their families and the homefront that we want to record and add to our digital collection for future generations. On Monday, November 11, people can come and see us or learn more about how to research their family.”

The Great War - Between the Lines project, in which Cambridgeshire County Council is a partner, is an EU funded project (under the Interreg '2 Seas' programme) involving partners from the UK, Northern France and Belgium.'