Lotto help for war me­mo­rial project

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active -

LO­CAL war heroes who died in WWI will have their sto­ries told in an in­no­va­tive project by Sefton Coun­cil.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity has been awarded £10,000 Her­itage Lot­tery fund­ing which will high­light civic war memo­ri­als from South­port to Boo­tle and the sto­ries be­hind the men who per­ished listed upon them.

The scheme will be one of the largest projects un­der­taken by Sefton Coun­cil, part­ners and lo­cal schools since the world record Hu­man Poppy in 2014.

Cllr Tr­ish Hardy, Sefton cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties and hous­ing, said: “It is fan­tas­tic to see Sefton’s li­brary ser­vice lead­ing the way in a pi­o­neer­ing new project with help from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

“I know the team are raring to go on a project that will take a great deal of re­search and imag­i­na­tion.

“From map­ping out the memo­ri­als, col­lat­ing in­for­ma­tion such as the date they were erected, work­ing with lo­cal school chil­dren to de­velop the sto­ries of the heroes to work­ing with the cre­ative tal­ents, to de­liver an in­ter­ac­tive prod­uct, there is much for them to do.

“A poignant part of the project I am ex­cited to see is the planned writ­ing of let­ters from lo­cal school­child­ren to res­i­dents liv­ing in the homes last oc­cu­pied by our war heroes.

“The cur­rent house owner will be asked if they would like to have their house in­cluded on a dig­i­tal map high­light­ing the ‘Homes of Heroes’ and civic war memo­ri­als.”

Lesley Davies from Sefton Li­brary Ser­vice also com­mented: “The ad­di­tional fund­ing from the HLF means that there is a lot more we can do.

“A web de­signer will cre­ate a dig­i­tal map of the Sefton Area, high­light­ing the war memo­ri­als and the homes of lo­cal heroes.

“Im­ages and de­tails of sol­diers’ ser­vice will be added for each in­di­vid­ual soldier, as a pop-up if you hover over the house.

“The dig­i­tal map will sit on the Sefton Look­ing Back dig­i­tal por­tal and will be­come a re­source for school projects for many years to come.

“Our aim is to com­plete the re­search and have the web­page built to be un­veiled in time for the 100-year an­niver­sary of the end of WWI in 2018.

The £10,000 from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund will match an ex­ist­ing £7,000 from the li­brary ser­vice.

Sefton’s li­brary ser­vice has suc­cess­fully se­cured £10,000 of Her­itage Lot­tery fund­ing to help pi­o­neer an in­no­va­tive WWI project

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.