History students work on local WW1 project

A group of School of History students have worked with a local project on commemorating the centenary of World War One.

Kent in WW1, which has been partly funded by a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, gave nine History and War Studies students the opportunity to assist with events which took place at Chatham Dockyard and Dover Discovery Centre last year, in order to collect artefacts and memories from local people for an online display.

During the events, students worked to inform members of the public about the history of Kent during the Great War through an exhibition displaying artefacts and images. They also got the opportunity to act as tour guides, collect further items and information from the public, and assist with digitising documents in order to incorporate them into future exhibitions and make them available online.

The project, a member of the centenary partnership with the Imperial War Museum, aims to tell the story of the people and towns of Kent during World War One. Their website gives individuals the opportunity to share their family history, as well as using stories and artefacts, some of which were collected by School of History students, to paint a picture of Kent during the War. The project is being delivered by local Creative Development company, Screen South.

Thanks to Kent in WW1 for the photos.