Leicester's role in World War 1

A participant exploring a stand at one of the workshops

Heritage Grants

Leicester, Leicestershire, East Midlands
Crystal Clear Creators
<p>Volunteers investigated the impact of the First World War on the people of Leicester and shared their research through exhibitions, workshops with primary school children and on the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/storyofleicester/cityheritage/atwar/worldwari/">Story of Leicester website</a></u>. &nbsp;</p>

Crystal Clear Creators promotes a love of writing, research and recording and develops up-and-coming writers.

This project focused on First World War archive material – photographs, documents, local newspapers and oral histories – held by the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. As the project progressed the focus widened to include the YMCA archives, research on city war memorials and family memories from the period.   

20 adults investigated the impact of the First World War on the people of Leicester. They each chose a specific area to research, including the story of Kulbir Thapa, a Gurkha who received the Victoria Cross, conscientious objectors and the Friends’ (Quaker) Ambulance Units, the Leicester suffragettes, who served in medical units in Serbia, and the stories of those commemorated on war memorials. 

The research was presented through exhibitions and accompanying boxes of artefacts for schools to borrow.  Workshops were held in primary schools where children researched and interpreted source material and presented their findings in art work and performance pieces. 

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