On Thursday 5th November, the Department for Communities and Local Government hosted an event at the House of Lords to showcase some of the excellent Legacy110 projects which are now being delivered by schools up and down the country. To a packed audience of partners, supporters and friends, including our host Lord Beecham and Karen Bradley MP, four schools presented their Legacy110 projects.
Following opening speeches from Professor Stuart Foster (Executive Director of the FWWCBTP) and from Emma Cork (Britannica Digital Learning), the first school to present was St Paul’s Catholic School, Evington, Leicestershire. Ethan and Abean, spoke about their project which aimed to tell the story of two local men who had fought and died in the First World War. As their plans developed Ethan and Abean became involved in a community project to renovate the local war memorial and were also part of a team coordinating the placing of time capsule which included a copy of their research on the two local soldiers.
Next up were Jack and Brandon, along with their teachers Jane Ball and Joan Wright from The Meadows Special School in Leek in Staffordshire. Jack and Brandon went on a tour in September 2015 but their work on their Legacy100 project began even before that. They made contact with a local historian who had researched the individuals on the local memorial. They then identified a number of local footballers who had fought and died on the Western Front. As a result, they contacted Leek Town FC and Stoke City FC who provided them with research material along with pendants and scarfs to be laid at graves and memorials while on their tour. On their return both Leek Town FC and Stoke City FC included information about Jack and Brandon’s Legacy110 project in their remembrance weekend match-day programmes reaching many thousands of fans! The project was also shared by BBC Radio Stoke.
Third to take the floor, were James, Kristina and Joann from Cardinal Newman Catholic School & Community College, Coventry. Their battlefield visit had inspired them to set up a Peace and Justice Group within their school and this resulted in them creating a Peace Prayer Garden within their school grounds, to commemorate all those who had died in wars. They worked extensively with local community groups and veterans associations and were joined by Dennis Davidson, a Normandy veteran who had been heavily involved in their Legacy110 project and who spoke about the incredible impact and value these projects are having by encouraging young people not only to remember but also to engage with the First World War Centenary.
Last, and by no means least, were Jhonattan and Zac from the Vale School in Tottenham. The boys had been on a battlefield tour in February 2015 and upon their return had used the words and comments which they had recorded while on tour to write and record a song. This moving tribute entitled My Mate George has already reached nearly 2000 people in the Tottenham area and is now available to all via You tube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAZN3v2cxWA&feature=youtu.be
The event was concluded with the presentation of certificates and Legacy110 badges by Sarah Benioff, Director of Integration and Community Rights at DCLG. Each student also received a copy of The Great War 100 infographics book, kindly sponsored by the author Scott Addington. The Legacy110 showcase was a huge success and highlighted just a handful of the superb Legacy110 projects being developed and which are reaching many thousands in communities across the country.
To read more about Legacy110 and each of the projects mentioned above please visit http://www.centenarybattlefieldtours.org/legacy-110/legacy-110-post-visit-commemorative-projects/case-studies/