National recognition for West Sussex war project

A successful West Sussex project to commemorate the First World War is being recognised at a national service of thanksgiving on Remembrance Day.

 

Release date: 9 November 2018

A successful West Sussex project to commemorate the First World War is being recognised at a national service of thanksgiving on Remembrance Day.

Two West Sussex County Council employees who worked on the project have been invited to attend the service at Westminster Abbey.

More than two hundred people, mainly volunteers, came together to create a book, a website and an exhibition based on photographs, documents and case studies from the period. Sources used came from the Library Service and County Record Office and the aim was to show the impact of World War One on the people of West Sussex.

Martin Hayes, County Local Studies Librarian who will be attending the service, said: “I am deeply honoured to have received an invitation to this service.

“This is the most successful project I have ever been involved in and it has been a privilege to commemorate the centenary of the war and to show how it affected the people of West Sussex.”

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “This is obviously an incredibly important year and I am pleased that we have done so much as a council to commemorate the anniversary.

“This project has given real insight into what life would have been like for those living in the county during those years.

“I would encourage anyone in the county wishing to learn more to visit the website and to read the book.”

Martin Hayes and Emma Worrall, the project manager, were nominated by the Heritage Lottery Fund to attend the service.

This fund gave £93,700 to the project in 2012.

For more information about the project, visit: www.westsussexpast.org.uk

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