North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham is urging communities to seek lottery funds to mark the continuing legacy of the First World War.
Sir Henry attended a recent event at Parliament which focused on how the the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supports projects across the UK that focus not just on the events of 1914–1918 but also on the lasting changes the war brought about.
HLF is making at least £1 million a year available until 2019 as part of the First World War: Then and Now programme for small, community grants.
It provides grants of £3,000 to £10,000 enabling groups right across the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage and deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict.
Sir Henry said: “I’m delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is making this money available to local communities. Like many areas across the UK, the impact of the First World War on the people of North West Norfolk was extensive. For those who want to find out more about its legacy or who wish to mark the Centenary, I would urge them to get in touch with HLF.”
The projects funded so far include conserving and finding out more about war memorials, but there has also been development of new interpretation of heritage, through exhibitions, trails, smartphone apps and other technology.