The Herne Hill Society and The Charter School will be jointly running the 'Remembering Herne Hill 1914-18’ research project. The project has been awarded £5,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) First World War: Then and Now programme and will tell the story of all those from from the area who served in the First World War, as well as the experiences of non-combatants. The school’s involvement will be led by our Head of History, Dan Townsend. Dan has experience of leading a successful heritage project as co-founder of ‘Herts of War’ in 2012.
As there is no public memorial in Herne Hill to all the War’s casualties, the Society is asking local volunteers to help identify the hundreds of men and women who lost their lives, and to discover more about them and their families. The research team will also investigate the stories of other residents who lived through the War, including conscientious objectors and people of German heritage.
The research will lead to a book and an online memorial which everyone will be able to access free of charge. People will be able to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the war and its impact on Herne Hill.
Christian Hicks, Head teacher at the Charter School, said:
“The Charter School is delighted to be taking a leading role within this important project to commemorate Herne Hill’s experience during the First World War. It will provide a valuable opportunity for the school community to mark the centenary of the conflict by remembering those in the local area who lived through it.”