Paisley Welcomes Heritage Lottery Grant for Somme Project

June 13, 2014

Local MP Ian Paisley has welcomed the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund have confirmed this week the £178,000 grant that was provisionally awarded to a local project exploring the legacy of the First World War, Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising last month.
The three year project entitled On the Brink: The Politics of Conflict 1914-1916′ will be focused in the areas of the New Mid and East Antrim council and the Causeway.
This funding gives us an opportunity to educate our young people and indeed ourselves in much greater detail on the legacy that this period in our history left us and which remains with us today.
“This was an extremely significant period in UK politics and society that not only incorporated World War 1, but also the rising tensions closer to home over the Home Rule crisis, which ultimately led to the Easter Rising as well as the Labour and Women’s Rights movements which gathered rapid momentum around this era” said Mr Paisley.
The project will incorporate exhibitions, tours and workshops as well as displaying a whole range of artefacts, public memorials and monuments to give us a much greater understanding of the political landscape and the resulting change to our political climate from the events of this time.
Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) NI said of the grant award: “We were delighted to support the Mid Antrim and Causeway Museum Services in delivering this exciting project along with their local communities. There will be lots of opportunities for people to get actively involved in exploring this significant period of our shared history. HLF is also funding communities to explore their First World War stories through our FWW: then and now grant programme so we encourage groups to have a look on our website www.hlf.org.uk”
The North Antrim MP concluded “There has never been a more fitting time to acknowledge and appreciate the significance of this period in our history as we mark the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of World War One.
We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for this sizeable grant to put together such an extensive project.”

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