A County Remembers – HLF support secured for Surrey-wide First World War commemoration project

15 January 2015 | Kate Clements

Surrey Heritage, part of Surrey County Council, has been awarded £458,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ambitious project ‘Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers’.

Over the course of the next four years, ‘Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers’ will be at the heart of the county’s commemoration of the First World War and the quest to understand how the war changed the face of Surrey and the lives of its residents.

The grant will enable the team to collect and publish online community-based research exploring all aspects of the impact of the war on the county and the experiences of those who served on the home front and overseas. People of all ages and backgrounds across the county will be inspired to come together with the common aim of creating a global, interactive, accessible and enduring digital resource telling Surrey’s story during the war years.

At the project’s heart will be a new website recording the stories of Surrey’s towns, villages, organisations and individual men and women who endured the war, both those who survived and those who fell.

Contributors of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience will use original records, letters and newspapers to add content to the website. The project will encourage local people to get involved as volunteers and to share their knowledge and skills with others. As a result of their work, memories and memorabilia of the war will be captured for posterity.

A range of workshops and events will introduce the project to all parts of Surrey and Surrey Heritage with work with the county’s Arts Partnership to create an imaginative interpretation of some of the project’s discoveries.

The full project will run throughout the remaining 4 years of the commemoration of the war, culminating in November 2018. It will then become part of the daily work at Surrey History Centre and be available for further research after the end of the centenary.

Find out more about the project and how to get involved.