A Century of Stories is a Heritage Lottery funded project which explores the social history surrounding the individual and shared legacy of the First World War.
It will run from 2014 to 2018 and focus on how the deep-rooted social, cultural, community and individual consequences of the conflict still resonate in our society today. With professional research support, the project will empower local people to discover their own personal connection to the conflict and uncover how all of our stories combine to create the diverse and unique history of Leicestershire in the First World War. The project has been made possible with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Friends of Leicester & Leicestershire Museums and the Royal British Legion.
I would urge the people of Leicestershire to embrace the opportunity of working with A Century of Stories to uncover your personal connection to The First World War
Lord Lieutenant, Lady Gretton
A Century of Stories
The First World War touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people and shaped the world in which we live today. Nearly everyone has some sort of connection with the events of the War.
Perhaps there was a member of your family who was caught up in the conflict, someone who served in the forces, worked in a war industry or on the land?
Maybe you belong to a community that was opposed to the War?
There may be a link to the place where you live, work, your school or your place of worship.
Do you or your family come from another country that was affected by the War?
What was happening in your street, village or town a hundred years ago?
We can help you discover your connection with the First World War. So if you would like to find out more, or would like to be able to tell other people about your story, please get in touch with us to join in A Century of Stories.
WW1 History in Leicestershire
There are over 3,000 First World War memorials and gravestones across Leicestershire and Rutland
At least 14,000 people with a link to Leicestershire and Rutland were killed in the First World War
17 rugby players from the Leicester Tigers lost their lives in the War
In 1921 the University of Leicester campus became the first living memorial to the First World War
The only successful escape of a German prisoner of war was from a Leicestershire camp
Leicester Fosse, now Leicester City Football, had nearly 50 of their players fight in the First World War