Sefton’s library service are delighted after successfully securing £10,000 of Heritage Lottery funding to help pioneer an innovative World War One project.
Once underway, the scheme is believed to be the largest projects undertaken by the local authority, partners and local schools since the World Record Human Poppy in 2014.
Sefton Library Service are looking to highlight Sefton’s Civic War Memorials and the stories behind the men who perished in World War One listed upon them.
Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:
“It is fantastic to see Sefton’s library service leading the way in a pioneering new project with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
“I know the team are raring to go on a project that will take a great deal of research and imagination.
“From mapping out the memorials, collating information such as the date they were erected, working with local school children to develop the stories of the heroes to working with the creative talents to deliver an interactive product, there is much for them to do.
“A poignant part of the project I am excited to see, is the planned writing of letters from local school children to residents living in the homes last occupied by our war heroes.
“The current house owner will be asked if they would like to have their house included on a digital map highlighting the ‘Homes of Heroes’ and Civic War Memorials”
Lesley Davies from Sefton Library Service also commented:
“The additional funding from the HLF means that there is a lot more we can do.
“A web designer will create a digital map of the Sefton Area, highlighting the war memorials and the homes of the local heroes.
“Images and details of soldiers service will be added for each individual soldier, as a pop-up if you hover over the house.
“The digital map will sit on the ‘Sefton Looking Back’ digital portal and will become a resource for school project for many years to come.
“Our aim is to complete the research and have the webpage built to be unveiled in time for the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One in 2018.”