History-mad kids at a Worksop primary school are celebrating a £10,000 windfall towards their First World War project.
St Augustine’s Primary School, on Longfellow Way, was chosen to receive the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Pupils and staff at the school are embarking on a special project called ‘the First World War and its impact on Worksop’, to mark the centenary of the war starting in 1914.
It will focus on exploring the wartime heritage in Worksop and its surrounding villages, bringing local people together to preserve memories and artefacts from the First World War.
St Augustine’s School will research and collect photographs, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia, as well as family tales passed down through the generations.
This will help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.
From these they will create their very own computer app - an interactive digital archive - where everyone can access and add information.
The app will allow the community to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the First World War and it’s impact on our area.
“We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund,” said St Augustine’s headteacher Jackie Ryan.
“All of the children in school will benefit in some way from the project and we are all very excited.”
“Our children will have far greater awareness of conflict and its impact on each of us. Hopefully we can work together to make the world a better place.”
Also as part of the project key stage two pupils will take a trip to London so see a theatre production of War Horse, to give them an awareness of the era.
And local war veterans will also be invited to the school for its open day later in the year.
A special school assembly took place to announce the school’s funding success, with invited guests including Bassetlaw MP John Mann and Coun Glynn Gilfoyle.
Vanessa Harbar, head of Heritage Lottery Fund, East Midlands said: “The First World War touched every corner of the UK and beyond.”
“The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £47 million in projects, large and small, that are marking this global centenary.”
“Through the First World War: then and now programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in St Augustine’s School project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict, and help local young people in particular, to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund uses money raised through the National Lottery to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy.