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Stories of Great War remembered with Filmed And Not Forgotten project
THE stories of Yorkshire soldiers and their families during the First World War will be available to the public thanks to new funding.
A new project, Filmed And Not Forgotten, has been comissioned by the Yorkshire Film Archive, which has been granted £52,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out preservation work on its First World War film collections, and discover forgotten stories of the people featured in the films.
The films include a soldier waving at the camera as he marched over Lendal Bridge in York, and a sports day in Scarborough when the regiments stationed there came together with the community for a day of fun away from the front line.
Sue Howard, director of YFA, said: “This is a hugely important project for all of us. As we approach the centenary commemorations of the First World War, our thoughts will turn to the soldiers, their families and the communities across our region, and how they all experienced the impact of the war.
“Some of those very troops, families, and communities were captured on film, so what better way to mark the centenary than by researching and telling their stories through our Filmed And Not Forgotten project?”
Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “The First World War affected all corners of the UK and different communities across Yorkshire.
“As the commemorations of this significant world event approach it is critical that we reflect on and open up our valuable archive resources allowing these important stories to be discovered and retold. Filmed And Not Forgotten will help investigate and bring to life the local stories from the First World War.”
For more information go to yorkshirefilmarchive.com
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