MARKING the 100th anniversary of the First World War on August 4th 2014, Essex County Council has been successfully awarded £65,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’ project.
The ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’ project, launching in September this year through to December 2015 and beyond, will focus on the lives of families, individuals and communities during the First World War in Essex.
The official launch of the project next month, follows a successful bid from the Essex County Council Cultural Development Team to the Heritage Lottery Fund to be a part of the UK-wide Centenary programme, that resulted in the project – ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’ – being awarded £65,600. The project encompasses a wide reach of ages and locations across Essex and will deliver:
A touring exhibition reflecting on stories from the Essex homefront
The development of museum education sessions for secondary school pupils
The creation of reflective school performances
Artist commissions to help produce performances related to real life stories
Close partnership working between volunteers, museum staff, teachers, pupils and artists to develop an understanding of World War I over the next four years and beyond.
‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’ is a part of the wider Central Government four-year plan to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War that will include national acts of remembrance, battlefield visits for school children and an extensive UK wide cultural programme.
Essex County Councillor John Jowers, Cabinet Member for Libraries, Communities and Planning said: “This is really positive news that Essex County Council has been awarded this funding from the HLF to roll-out the ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’ project to mark this momentous and somewhat sombre occasion.
“As a further commitment to this project, Essex County Council has added an additional £10,000 of funding to ensure that this project involves all in the community with a touring exhibition. The project, launching from next month through to December 2015, will show the lives of Essex people on the homefront, and will involve a number of learning based activities for young people to develop an understanding of the First World War in Essex.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “The impact of the First World War was incredibly far reaching. Our new programme only opened in May and we’ve already seen a great deal of interest from organisations and groups looking to undertake a myriad of fascinating Centenary projects, including ‘Now the Last Poppy has Fallen’. This is just the beginning of some very interesting explorations for communities across Essex and we looking forward to seeing the stories they uncover.”
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