On Thursday 8th December, the Department for Communities and Local Government hosted an event at the House of Lords to give awards to 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 Rachael Maskell MP, six schools presented their Legacy110 projects.
Following an opening speech from Professor Stuart Foster (Executive Director of the FWWCBTP) there was the presentation of certificates and Legacy110 Awards by Jillian Kay Director of Local Government Policy at DCLG. Each student also received a copy of The Great War 100 infographics book, kindly signed by the author Scott Addington.
After the presentation, each school presented a summary of their Legacy110 project. A summary of each can be read below;
The Westminster School, Rowley Regis – Trees of Remembrance
A community project, led by a special school in Rowley Regis to plant 109 trees to remember each man from the town who was killed in the First World War.
St John’s Catholic School, Gravesend – The Valour Still Shines
A school led community project which has included the students working on a multi-volume memorial book, a website, battlefield tours, a charity cycle ride to Ypres, and a poppies project inspired by the Tower Poppies in 2014!
Thomas Ashton School, Hyde – Back to the Past
A broad project which involved the local community and concluded with an exhibition in a local art gallery.
York ISSP – 1916: It’s more than just the Somme
A multi-school project across the city of York, which culminated in an exhibition at the York Castle Museum in the summer of 2016 which included research on subject from the Zeppelin raid on York to the Battle of Jutland!
Selwood Academy, Frome – Frome Centenary Project
This project involved a number of community groups in researching men from the town of Frome in Somerset. A successful HLF bid resulted in a remembrance arts project in partnership with the Bath Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chatsmore Catholic High School, Worthing – The Day Sussex Died Memorial
A Sussex based project which sought to commemorate the local regiment’s involvement in the forgotten Battle of the Boar’s Head and to create a permanent memorial in Worthing.
The 2016 Legacy110 Awards were a huge success and highlighted just a handful of the superb and inspiring Legacy110 projects which are being developed in communities’ right across the country. These six projects alone had reached more than 700,000 people!