In January 2014, Stamford’s WW1 Commemoration Programme launched a community research project to mark the centenary by identifying, exploring and recording local First World War heritage regarding the outbreak of war in 1914 with the aim of providing a cultural and educational legacy, commemorating this important historic period and the sacrifices made by our community then.
The research - along with consideration of the wider war events and issues - informed an education programme run with local schools and over 1,000 children. This is a collation of research and information from the project. A wide variety of volunteers and groups undertook research for the centenary and a summation of all sources has been collated here. The Commemoration Programme also created an event space and a hosted Festival of Commemoration on August 4th 2014.
The Commemoration Programme - organised by the Royal British Legion (Stamford) and Art Pop-Up, supported by Stamford Town Council - was staffed entirely by volunteers. We are particularly grateful for the help of G. Chambers, P. Massey, J. Hopson, R. Williams, M. Jalili, G. Creedy, C. Davies, K. Riley, N. McCarthy, J. Kudlinksi, J. Weisz and Burghley House.
The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the First World War: then and now programme along with contributions from the LCC Big Society Fund, Stamford Town Council, Waitrose, Dawson's of Stamford and Cllr. D. Nalson.