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Five projects to share £42,000 to educate others about the Great War

By Sarah Tawton

Five projects have been awarded a share of funding worth £42,000 to help people learn about the legacy and impact of the First World War in Northern Ireland.

The money has been awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) First World War: then and now programme, which provides grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to help groups and communities explore their First World War heritage.

In the latest round of funding, Lisburn Temperance Constitution has been awarded £10,000.

The money will fund its Lest Our Youth Forget project, which will see 40 young people visit historic sites and institutions to learn about the role played by local people in the First World War. Participants will then share their findings in an exhibition.

Meanwhile, £9,900 has been awarded to the Schomberg Heritage Academic Research Education (SHARE) for its project entitled Wae A Heart An A Half (Mourne Answers the Call).

It will see young people research the war-time experiences of five people from the kingdom of Mourne. They will then produce a drama and an exhibition to share photographs, stories and artefacts.

A grant of £7,800 has been awarded to the Forgotten Men Of Dundonald Cemetery, run by Lagan Village Somme Society.

The money will fund research into the lives of the war dead buried in Dundonald Cemetery and share their stories in a booklet and exhibition. Neglected graves will also be maintained.

Funding of £7,700 has been awarded to The An Eochair – Clondara Historical and Cultural Group's Belfast Nationalists And WWI project.

The project will explore the role of nationalists from west Belfast during the war and the findings will be used to create exhibitions and slideshows.

Finally, Moygashel Community and Cultural Association has been awarded £6,600 for its Moygashel and District 1914-2014 project which will run workshops and museum visits, along with an exhibition about the role of the 36th Ulster Division during the war.

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