Sir George attends First World War Exhibition
23 Oct 2014
Sir George has encouraged local North West Hampshire communities to apply for National Lottery money available to mark the Centenary

"On Wednesday I attended a House of Commons event hosted by TV historian Dan Snow, to find out how people from my constituency can secure Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) money to help them mark the Centenary of the First World War."

The event showcased just a handful of over 1000 First World War projects taking place across the UK, thanks to more than £60million of investment from HLF.

Grants of between £3,000 to £10,000 will continue to be available throughout the Centenary through HLF’s ‘First World War: then and now’ programme which is enabling people to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage. Groups that need a grant of more than £10,000 for a project can apply to HLF through its open programmes.

Projects on display showed the breadth and scale of First World War stories being explored and shared across the country:

• in Coventry, young people have been researching the rise and decline of women’s football during and following the end of the War;
• groups across Hertfordshire have uncovered the stories of those remembered on local war memorials across the county;
• in Belfast a project has been exploring why Irish nationalists volunteered to fight for the British army during the conflict; and
• a stone memorial has been created in Derby to recognise the contribution of the very many Sikhs who served in the war

“The projects and stories I’ve seen here today have been an inspiration. It’s so important that we remember the impact of this war one hundred years on. There is still time to apply for money and I would urge anyone in my constituency with an idea for their own project to get in touch with HLF.”

Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many communities take up this opportunity to explore how the First World War affected their local area. So many interesting and unexpected stories have been uncovered, helping us to develop a rich and long-lasting picture of how this momentous conflict touched and shaped every corner of the UK.”

The event also saw the launch of Historypin’s First World War Centenary hub. The hub is a free online space where people right across the UK can share all the historical and contemporary photographs, films and audios clips that have been collected while marking the Centenary of the First World War. It has been developed in partnership with HLF, Jisc, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Imperial War Museums.

More information on how to apply for HLF funding is available at

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Notes to Editors

Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with more than £6bn across the UK.

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HLF has invested more than £60million to over 1000 projects across the UK marking the Centenary of the First World War. It has committed at least £6million to 2019 to its First World War: then and now programme which is providing grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to local communities looking to explore and understand their First World War heritage. Larger grants for First World War projects are also available through HLF’s open programmes @heritagelottery.

Further information
• Please contact Natasha Hughes or Alison Scott, HLF Press Office, on tel: (020) 7591 6143/6032. Out of hours mobile: 07973 613820.

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