Berwick (UK) - Wins lottery funding award for World War One project

By Tony Henderson

The story of a town's experiences during the First World War will be told thanks to a lottery funding award.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given £9.800 for the project in Berwick.

Cittaslow Berwick, in partnership with the Berwick Branch of The Royal British Legion, will focus on the lives and actions of civilians and members of the armed services from the communities of Berwick, Tweedmoth and Spittal.

Cittaslow is an international movement which was founded in Italy. A Cittaslow town aims to maintain and develop its distinctiveness.

The project will provide opportunities for local people to join in through a programme of activities, exhibitions and events.

The key themes being explored are life on the Home Front, the experiences of local soldiers and the lives of the men and women whose names are recorded on the town's war memorials..

Working with Berwick Record Office and The King's Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum, volunteers will be given training to enable them to research archive material, examine contemporary accounts, record family memories and digitise old photographs and documents.

The resulting material will be used to create exhibitions at various locations and to stimulate creative writing and pieces of drama that will be staged during next year's Berwick 900 Festival.

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