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Forgotten history of the war

Do you have any memories of the War?

Do you have any memories of the War?

People in Angus are being urged to play their part in a vital project that is aiming to unlock secrets of the First World War.

It is hoped that the memories will ensure their place in history so that it can be recorded for future generations.

Last week saw the start of Home Front Legacy 1914-18, a project on which the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), Historic Scotland, English Heritage, Cadw and partners across the UK are working together to record the physical remains of the war on home territory.

The project is calling on volunteers from Angus and across Scotland to step forward to help survey, research and record buildings and sites which played a key role before, during and after the conflict. This is the only community engagement project recording physical remains from the First World War, working with partners across the heritage sector in the UK.

Home Front Legacy 1914-18 will allow communities across Scotland to build on a desk-based audit of all existing First World War records undertaken by Dr Gordon Barclay for Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).The audit was an extremely valuable piece of work and saw almost 1,000 records of buildings and places created or updated.

The audit is available at www.rcahms.gov.uk/firstworldwar. Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), called for volunteers to join up for the Home Front Legacy campaign. He said: “Our aim is to record and preserve vulnerable sites, buildings and structures – camps, drill halls, factories and observation posts for example, before they and the stories they bear witness to are lost forever. Our volunteers will be scouring the nation’s towns, villages, countryside and beaches to track down local First World War places that are just not in the records. They’ll upload observations on what they find to a specially designed app along with photographs and historic documents which will appear on an online map to open up the impact of the war on our landscape for everyone.”

Sign up on the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy website to access the online recording toolkit, guidance and resources, including an app for recording sites in the field and a map and photo gallery of newly recorded sites at www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk.

 

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