Lot­tery pays out £408k for ar­chive of war ef­fort

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

A PRO­JECT to cre­ate a dig­i­tal ar­chive and in­ter­ac­tive web­site de­tail­ing Lon­don Jewry’s First World War con­tri­bu­tion has re­ceived a £408,000 grant from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund.

We Were There Too is be­ing run by the Lon­don Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre, whose trustees’ chair Michael Marx be­lieves that the com­mu­nity’s “very sig­nif­i­cant part” in the war ef­fort “is of­ten over­shad­owed by the Se­cond World War and its ter­ri­ble events.

“I t is now a race against time to col­lect se­cond gen­er­a­tion sto­ries of this pe­riod.”

Lead strate­gic part­ner in the crossc o mmu­nal en­ter­prise is JLGB, more than 500 of whose mem­bers died in ser­vice. JLGB vice-pres­i­dent John Cooper said its par­tic­i­pa­tion would en­able young peo­ple “to use dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote their her­itage”.

The in­ten­tion is to re­flect in­volve­ment both on the bat­tle­field and on the home front from 1914-19. The site will have two dis­tinct el­e­ments. As well as show­cas­ing aspects of Jewish, mil­i­tary and gen­eral life via “his­tory win­dows”, it will per­son­alise the pe­riod through in­di­vid­ual sto­ries. The pro­ject will rely heav­ily on vol­un­teers.

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment events will en­cour­age con­tri­bu­tions and pro­ject di­rec­tor Alan Fell ex­pects eight to be held be­tween June of this year and the end of 2017. They will in­clude spe­cial­ist ad­vice for those who want to up­load in­for­mat i o n a b o u t in­di­vid­u­als.

Michael Marx The web­site will be launched in May.

LJCC closed its Ivy House premises in Gold­ers Green last year fol­low­ing the merger with the JW3 com­mu­nity cen­tre. We Were There Too is one of three legacy ven­tures, the oth­ers be­ing in­ter­na­tional education re­source www.the­holo­caus­t­ex­plained.org and Holo­caust and Jewish stud­ies education in places such as China and in East­ern Europe.

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