Cash boost for veterans project

Date Released - 11/07/2017

TAMESIDE Council has been awarded £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to organise a project that will make local archives relating to the First World War more accessible.

The award, which covers 83 per cent of the £12,000 project cost, will fund training sessions for 20 Tameside Armed Service Community (TASC) members covering heritage and digital skills. The programme will include: an introduction to the archives, blogging, research skills, interpretation, digitisation (in partnership with the John Rylands Library, Manchester); and First World War family history.

Twenty veterans will spend four sessions at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre selecting five items to digitise, interpret and display. The finished product will be designs for five hoardings that will be installed across the borough for a four-week period in November, 2018, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the war's end.

Tameside Council’s armed forces champion, Cllr Frank Travis, welcomed the grant award. He said, “Tameside has had a comprehensive programme of events as part of our commemorations for the First World War centenary. The awarding of this grant will allow us to take this one step further and reach a wider audience with our artefacts and archives from the time.

“I can’t think of anything more appropriate than to have this work undertaken by local veterans. This wouldn’t have been as easy, or perhaps even possible, were it not for the existence of TASC. Since being established the group has gone from strength to strength and underlines our commitment as a council to supporting our armed forces.”

The award, particularly the element of it that will see the involvement of the world renowned John Rylands University Library, builds on past partnerships between Tameside Council and the National Theatre and The Lowry. It is hoped that the work with John Rylands will enable these important commemorative activities to reach an even wider audience than would otherwise be possible.

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