Discover the latest discoveries, stories and exhibitions from the Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice project.
About The Project
About the Project
The Forum’s project, Norfolk in the First World War: Somme to Armistice honours the county’s First World War heroes and runs from September 2016 – November 2018. The project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Three very special 100 year anniversaries are the focus of this project; the Battle of the Somme in 2016, The Battle of Gaza in 2017 and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day in 2018. The project remembers men who fought and lost their lives in battle and women who were either on active war service or remaining strong on the Norfolk home-front.
It shares the stories of local heroes – both men and women – so their names, life experiences and sacrifices are acknowledged and remembered by new generations via youth learning programmes, adult volunteer-led projects, public talks, events and exhibitions.
The young person’s strand of the project is called Finding the Fallen. Primary and secondary schools are researching their local war memorial and uncovering the real lives behind the engraved names. A comprehensive programme to support schools to teach First World War studies includes touring exhibitions, a website, films, learning pack, loan boxes and inset sessions for teachers.
The second strand of the project is called First World War Women of Norfolk. This involves adult volunteers researching women on active service and their legacy post First World War. The volunteers are working with Norfolk libraries, Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk Heritage Centre and other museums and collections in Norfolk to research the stories and legacies of women in military service, hospitals, on the land, in factories, and on the home front to reveal the changing roles and perceptions of women in society.