Poole Museum receives a prestigious national award for its interactive WW1 legacy project

Poole Museum’s World War One project ‘Poole the First World War and its Legacy’ has won the respected Alan Ball Local History Award from CILIP – the UK’s Library and Information Association. The innovative project brings together a running timeline of major events service data and images. 

Made accessible to all through a new website, the project includes an interactive map of the town which enables people to discover how the community of Poole was affected by WW1. People can uncover the stories of the 700 local men on the Roll of Honour who fell during the conflict and read personal stories from their bereaved families.

People also have an opportunity to find out more about the impact of the war on the 7000 active servicemen who returned to Poole, in addition to the men and women who stayed behind to work in munitions factories or care for wounded soldiers.

The ongoing project is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work and the dedication of local volunteers. With new information being researched and added every day, the website commemorates the sacrifices made by wartime generation. 

David Watkins, Poole History Manager said:

“We are delighted to receive this award. The judges were extremely impressed by the quality of our research, the ease of use and how it was presented in a thought-provoking way. Capturing the significance of WW1 in Poole, the award is a testament to the brilliant work undertaken by our team and volunteers.’’

Cllr John Challinor, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture, Borough of Poole, said:

“I congratulate the team of researchers and volunteers who have invested so much time into bringing this commemorative project to fruition. Over a hundred years since the end of the conflict, people now have an excellent opportunity to research their family history and the effects of the war on their own community.’’

Based in Poole Museum’s History Centre, the project has been made possible by a £70,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

To find out more, please visit: www.pooleww1.org.uk. 

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Poole Museum wins prestigious national award
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