An exhibition at Cheltenham College to mark the First World War Centenary will be held in the Chatfeild-Roberts Library in Cheltenham College from 11.00am – 5.00pm on Monday 9 – Saturday 14 November, with a late night opening on Thursday 12 November until 7.00pm. Admission is free and the Exhibition is open to all.
Awarded a grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now programme, the exhibition will focus on events from 12 November 1914 to 11 November 1915. The project has enabled pupils and local people in Cheltenham to come together to research and preserve the memories and heritage of the people involved in the First World War. College’s archive team and volunteers have thoroughly researched each of the 219 pupils and one staff member who served and died during that period and there will be many fascinating artefacts on display - such as medals, keepsakes, photographs, letters and war diaries - to help build a clear picture of what life was really like.
Commenting on the award, College Archivist, Mrs Christine Leighton, said: “We are thrilled to have received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which has enabled us to put on this exhibition. We are also delighted that so many pupils, and volunteers of all ages from the community, have provided material for the exhibition and helped us research those former pupils who served.“
The head of the HLF in the South West, Nerys Watts, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £70million in projects large and small that are marking this Centenary. Our small grants programme is enabling even more communities like those involved in Cheltenham College’s Exhibition to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”