Lottery funding for Richmond World War One project

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A large-scale project which will delve into the history of World War One in Richmond has been given the go-ahead, thanks to a £34,000 grant.

The Museum of Richmond can start its project with the help of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will see it launch an exhibition and school, adult and family events.

The museum’s curator Natascha Wintersinger said: “This project is especially exciting as it will enable new research to be undertaken by a team of volunteers led by a project officer and will offer training in archival research for some novice researchers.”

Employees at the museum hope the project, which involves groups including the Poppy Factory and the Royal Star and Garter Home, will give an insight into how the First World War affected the borough.

The research will also reveal more about the international links formed as part of the war, including the South African military built in Richmond Park and influx of Belgian refugees in Twickenham.

Sue Bowers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “Richmond has a varied range of links with the First World War that will be pulled together for the very first time by this project.

“It will recruit volunteers and involve local schools to research and present fascinating facts during this centenary year.”

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