Established in the 1980s to research, preserve and share the history of Pershore, the PHHS is still active in the town. Today, the Society runs the Pershore Heritage Centre, based inside the Town Hall, where they exhibit a wide range of fascinating artefacts and documents relating to the history and industry of the Vale.
WW1 in the Vale is the first major research project undertaken by the Society in recent years and we hope that local residents will come forward to share some of their own wartime family stories with us over the next year.
About Pershore WI
One of the first Women’s Institute branches to be established in Worcestershire, Pershore WI held its inaugural meeting in the old Masonic Hall behind the Angel Inn on 21 November 1916. The branch is now the oldest surviving WI in the county and celebrates its 100th birthday next year.
During its centenary year, Pershore WI will be researching its own history and discovering more about the impact of World War One in the Vale on its earliest members.
UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER
Professor Maggie Andrews is a Co-Investigator of the Voices of War and Peace Engagement Centre: the Great War and its legacy. She is eager to support and work with community groups who are keen to explore the experience and legacy of the First World War upon their local area. A specialist in researching remembrance, domesticity and femininity, who has written on the history of the Womens Institute and the Home Front, Maggie is particularly keen to explore the rich history of the Vale’s small holdings, domestic industries and food production.
This project is funded and supported by the following organisations
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND FIRST WORLD WAR: THEN & NOW
To date, £58 million in HLF grants has been awarded to projects across the UK so they can mark the Centenary and explore all aspects of First World War heritage that matters to them. Through its First World War: then and now programme, HLF is making at least £1million available per year for six years until 2019. It is providing grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and 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. To find out how to apply for funding visit www.hlf.org.uk/thenandnow. If a group needs a grant of more than £10,000 for a First World War project, it can apply to HLF through its open programmes www.hlf.org.uk/firstworldwar
VOICES OF WAR & PEACE: THE GREAT WAR AND ITS LEGACY
VOICES one of five First World War Engagement Centres funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Managed by the University of Birmingham, and based in the Library of Birmingham, the Centre will support a wide range of community research projects, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the centenary. A key focus of the Centres will be to provide UK-wide support for community groups funded through a range of HLF funding programmes, particularly its new £6 million ‘First World War: Then and Now’ community grants scheme.
The Centres form a part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums, and will complement other AHRC activities related to the centenary, including its collaboration with the BBC’s World War One at Home project.
The Centre’s research themes include
- gender and the home front
- religion and belief
- the city at war
A University of Birmingham-led initiative, the Centre also involves academics from Birmingham City University, Newman University, University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, University of Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff University. Please visit the website for more information, follow the Hub on twitter.
We are also grateful to Wychavon District Council who awarded us a WW1 Centenary Grant of £250 towards the cost of staging our initial World War One in the Vale event at the Almonry, which kick-started the whole thing!
This new grant fund from Wychavon District Council is set to help community groups, schools, parish councils and other local organisations commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One.