“Out of the Darkness”

Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2018 09:00 by Lisa

“Out of the Darkness”

National Lottery support for Whitby Town Council's project to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War

Whitby Town Council is delighted to have received a National Lottery grant of £7,700 for "Out of the Darkness", a project to commemorate the Centenary of the ending of the First World War.

Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War: then and now programme, this project will take two strands.

One aspect is to look back one hundred years, investigating the lives and experiences of family members of the people living in Whitby today. Stories and personal histories of family members who were involved in the war will be collected and presented in an exhibition. This will raise awareness of and celebrate the lives of family members who contributed to or were affected by the First World War, whether through active service, medical occupations, support services, factory, farming, or other industry.

The second strand of the project examines one of the more subtle ways that the war impacted on peoples' lives and has continued to have a bearing on future generations, through the changes and influence it had on fashion and clothing design. Working with young people as well as with sewing enthusiasts, participants will create garments that reflect the developments and influences of the First World War on the clothing people wore.

These will be presented in a World War One themed fashion show and the results from these two strands will be brought together in an exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery.

The exhibition will commemorate the lives of people who experienced the war, telling their stories and reflecting on the lives of people living one hundred years ago. It will encourage visitors to the exhibition to think about the impact of the war on the lives of local people and the on-going influence of the war on our lives today.

There are many ways people can get involved in this project. Whitby Town Council will be recruiting a team of volunteers to help collect the First World War stories from as broad a range of people as possible. These volunteers will receive training in how to research people's life stories and in working with community groups.

The Town Council will be contacting local groups and organisations to encourage individuals to investigate their own family histories. If you have a group who would

like to be involved or are an individual who would like to volunteer or be part of this project please contact the Town Council by email info@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk or phone 01947 820227.

Marking the Centenary of the First World War, Out of the Darkness will encourage reflection and interest in this period of history, generating pride in local heritage. Focussing on fashion and clothing design brings into focus the relevance of the longer lasting impact of war on people's lives today.

Commenting on the award, Whitby Town Mayor Rebecca Pearson said: "Thanks to National Lottery players, we are extremely excited to have been offered Heritage Lottery Funding, to explore the impact of the First World War on the people of Whitby. We hope that local people will enjoy getting involved in this project and that they will learn new skills and have an enjoyable time learning more about their family histories."

David Renwick, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and the Humber, said: "The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has already invested more than £90million to more than 1,700 projects – large and small - that are marking this global Centenary; with our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in 'Out of the Darkness - Whitby people reflecting on World War One' to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world."

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