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South Gloucestershire Council uses innovative Twitter campaign to explore the impact of the Battle of the Somme on local communities

Posted  6 June 2016 in News  
By Liz Robertson

South Gloucestershire Council will explore the impact of the Battle of the Somme on local communities, both on the battlefield and in South Gloucestershire, by recreating the lives and experiences of 10 individuals through Twitter.

Scriptwriter Adrian Harris has created 10 fictional characters, based on research into the lives of people from South Gloucestershire, who can be followed on Twitter at @TheSomme_SG. Their stories will unfold for three weeks of the battle, from 24 June.

With the social network acting as a window on the thoughts, hopes and fears of these characters, followers will be able to explore life in the trenches for soldiers as well as the contribution of men, women and children on the home front.

Learn more about each character and join the project on Twitter by following @TheSomme_SG. Further information can be found here. You can help the campaign get as many followers as possible by the start of the project on 24 June by retweeting and encouraging friends, colleagues and contacts to follow the story.

This campaign is part of the ‘South Gloucestershire and the First World War’ project launched in 2014, thanks to a grant of £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘First World War: Then and Now’ programme. More information on the First World War Centenary project can be found on the South Gloucestershire website.

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