MP calls on local groups to bid for First World War lottery cash

James Frith, MP for Bury North, is encouraging local groups to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918.

The grants, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, are available for a range of projects. Whether that’s looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.

The latest figures show that Heritage Lottery Fund has invested more than £8 million in heritage projects in Bury over the last two decades.

James Frith MP said:

“Bury has an incredibly rich history and I’m delighted that thanks to the National Lottery local people have been exploring and enjoying that heritage. Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the Bury we live in today was shaped by the First World War - proud home of the Lancashire Fusiliers and their six Victoria Crosses won before breakfast at the battle of Gallipoli - and so I strongly encourage local groups to make use of the money available from Heritage Lottery Fund to explore its legacy further.”

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF, said:

“Sadly, the ‘war to end all wars’ was no such thing and so it is right the events of the First World War should never be forgotten. We’ve been helping people across the UK explore an incredible array of stories from 1914-18, but the war had an impact beyond 1918 and we must recognise this. The legacy of the First World War needs to be better understood and so we are encouraging people to come to us with their ideas for projects.”

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