World War One community project with the Military Covenant
We have been selected by the Military Covenant, under the auspices of Plymouth City Council, to collaborate with voluntary and community groups in Plymouth on a project this year commemorating the first year of war in Plymouth in 1914.
Between Jan – Mar 2014 historians, archivists and artists researched material relating to 1914, and a public launch of this material opened at Plymouth Museum in May, in which the key heritage artefacts relating to the period which exist in the city have been put on display. This exhibition, which will last until November, will be a catalyst to go out to the community in Plymouth and ask them to contribute their own complementary family heritage items: letters, photographs, medals, stories etc. We are hoping will be a drop-in point at the museum for this, and there will also be a mobile unit managed by our friends at Fotonow going out to residential areas throughout the period. Families with currently-serving military members will be asked to contribute contemporary items reflecting their present-day experience, and this involvement will be used in the project to give life and depth to the heritage retrieval process.
This is an exciting new project for us, and we will be making announcements soon about the process and how people can get involved.