Grants to help new Lincs history project

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Grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Community Covenant grant scheme will enable a new historic research project from Lincolnshire County Council.

The ‘Lincolnshire Remembrance: Memories and Memorials’ project will be a chance for local volunteers, including members of the armed forces community, to learn more about how conflict has affected families, communities and industries throughout the county.

Volunteers will be invited to record and research war memorials, and the names inscribed on them. They can follow up their discoveries and go on to undertake more in depth research.

Full training and support will be provided and the results of the research will be made available on the Lincs to the Past website at www.lincstothepast.com.

Sarah Grundy, Historic Environments Officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Lincolnshire has a rich military heritage, from medieval battlefields to the iconic RAF bases throughout the county.

“Through this project we are looking forward to our volunteers finding out much more about this fascinating history – they could be personal stories about their own families, or research on how conflict affected the county’s industry.

“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Armed Forces Community Covenant grant programme, through grants of £76,000 and £40,000 respectively.

“We are confident that the project will help local people have a greater understanding of the sacrifices made by so many during periods of conflict in Lincolnshire, in particular the First and Second World Wars.”

Volunteers will also be invited to share what they have found with others through a series of events throughout 2014.

These will commemorate and remember the sacrifices of the First World War and other conflicts that have, and still are, affecting Lincolnshire today. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Sarah Grundy by emailing sarah.grundy@lincolnshire.gov.uk, or calling 01522 553109.