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Black History Project wins Heritage Lottery Funding

LEGACY: Preserving Our History And Heritage will highlight the stories of bravery and courage of Black servicemen and women who fought in the First World War.”

THE LEGACY of black service personnel and their contributions and experiences in the First World War will now be preserved and commemorated thanks to National Lottery support.

Preserving Our History And Heritage (POHAH) has been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to identify and research the contributions of 20 black servicemen and women in Britain.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Britain to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the unsung heroes.

Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, oral histories and keepsakes to help build a clear picture of what life was really like during the war.

The project seeks to bring together the family members of the servicemen and women in the UK. Researchers will visit archives, libraries, museums and interview relatives and members of the public who have knowledge of the war.

The information collected will be shared in community workshops with members of the public, before being collated and presented in the form of an e-publication that can be downloaded via the project’s website.

OUTREACH: The project seeks to bring together the family members of the servicemen and women in the UK

POHAH will work alongside volunteers, organisations, local residents and researchers to present the contributions and experiences of black servicemen resulting in a comprehensive picture of this history and legacy.

Commenting on the award, a spokesperson from Preserving Our History and Heritage (POHAH) said: “This is our first attempt to apply for an HLF grant. When we received the news that we had achieved the full grant, we were absolutely delighted. This project is a great opportunity for people in Britain to learn about and commemorate the important contribution made by black servicemen and women to the war effort.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “With support from National Lottery players, this project will give community groups the opportunity to discover, share and commemorate the previously undocumented stories of bravery and courage of black servicemen and women who fought in the First World War.”

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