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Jenny welcomes National Lottery investment in Darlington’s heritage

Jenny is encouraging Darlington residents to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grants to explore the town’s First World War legacy.

Jenny welcomes the news that more than £11 million has been invested in Darlington’s heritage projects since 1994 by the National Lottery. The money has enabled research into the town’s local history, helping to preserve important local sites and providing grants for other heritage related projects. Recent examples of funding include Darlington Borough Council’s successful bid in winning £42,300 investment for the town’s Head of Steam Museum.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is encouraging people in Darlington to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War and its aftermath. Whether that is looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving hours; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.

Jenny said:

Darlington has a rich history and I’m delighted to support the Heritage Lottery Funds call for local residents to take part in exploring our town’s important history. British society was inextricably altered by the Great War, no part of our society was left untouched. Our town will be no different, I would be fascinated to learn more about the part Darlington played in the First World War.

Many people have an interest in research and local history, but perhaps do not have the funds to dig deeper. I would encourage residents to find out more and apply.

Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sir Peter Luff, said:

Sadly, the ‘war to end all wars’ was no such thing and so it is right the events of the First World War should never be forgotten. We’ve been helping people across the UK explore an incredible array of stories from 1914-18, but the war had an impact beyond 1918 and we must recognise this. The legacy of the First World War needs to be better understood and so we are encouraging people to come to us with their ideas for projects.

The money is available through HLF’s community grants programme, First World War: then and now.

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