War archive plan wins Lottery fund support

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A SCHEME to develop an archive of family and local histories of the First World War in Doncaster has been granted initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Doncaster and Great War Project, managed by the town’s museums and libraries service, has won £37,9000 which will enable those involved to develop the plans before an application is made for a full grant next year when the country will mark 100 years since the conflict.

The key thrust is to create a resource that commemorates the First World War as experienced by Doncastrians and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, while encouraging people to record and share their own local and family history, and make heritage records about the conflict, from war diaries to newspapers, more accessible.

Doncaster’s First World War heritage was influenced by its strategic position and its industry. Recent discoveries have included practice trenches in the town centre.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “We are proud of the role that Doncastrians played in the First World War and ‘Doncaster and the Great War’ aims to tell that story.”