My role at HLF focuses on the First World War Centenary and I’m particularly keen to see young people taking part in Centenary projects. It’s been great to see so many Young Roots projects exploring the First World War - it seems to be a topic that’s capturing young people’s imaginations.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve been involved in a First World War project involving young people. How has it been? What are the challenges? What sorts of themes have particularly inspired them?
Or if you haven’t been involved in a project, are there any that have really inspired you? What did you like about them?
Here are a few from me:
- Stockton Warfare WW1 – where one young participant’s school attendance went up by 55% as a result of taking part in the project.
- Dartmoor in WW1 – which used theatre to explore Dartmoor’s First World War history, from the internment of conscientious objectors in Dartmoor Prison, to the halting of the building of Castle Drogo.
- Havant’s Wartime Heroes – where young people were surprised to learn about non-military roles in the war, especially the role of women.
- Empire, Faith & War – which looks at the role of Sikhs in the First World War, and is guided by a youth panel made up of extremely committed young people.
Look forward to hearing from you!