Droitwich Library is delighted to have received an award from the Heritage Lottery’s Fund ‘World War One; Then and Now’ funding stream.
We will use this money to find out as much as we can about what was happening locally during WW1. We want people to share their personal collections of photos and memorabilia with us, we want to research newspapers, log books and parish records from this period, and we want to work with and inspire local children to find out about their WW1 heritage.
Our project is called the Great Blackberry Pick because so many children in the Droitwich area were involved in picking blackberries for the war effort. Our 2015 children have been doing the same thing; picking blackberries, learning of their importance in WW1 and making tasty things with the fruit. So far over a hundred children from four local schools have been blackberry picking at Lower Smite Farm, the HQ of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. They have been blogging about their trips and the work they’ve been doing in class related to WW1. Watch out for a fantastic display from our four schools in Droitwich Library at the beginning of November. And look out for the children’s blogs, recipes, poems and artwork on this website.
Other partners include community and oral historian Julia Letts, who is the project’s coordinator, the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust and the University of Worcester.
A big thank you to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this exciting project.
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