Paper Poppies and Spray Paint
Local 16 and 17 year olds spend their summer commemorating WW1.
North West Leicestershire recently welcomed the launch of the second year of National Citizen Service, a scheme which brings together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds throughout the summer after they have taken their GCSE’s. After three weeks of team-building and outdoors activities, the aim is to spend a minimum of 30 hours contributing to their local communities.
It’s often difficult to get young people interested and engaged in heritage history unless they can see it as relevant and meaningful. Although CoS has worked with thousands of local people to discover their local connections to WW1 the involvement from this age group has been minimal…….until now! We used this opportunity as a ‘way in’ to enthuse young people about the importance of World War One and challenged them to remember in their own way.
Together with NCS, Catch 22 and the Hero Project, groups of local young people initiated, developed and showcased a project to remember those who fought in World War One based specifically on the first 50 men to go to war from the Coalville area.
With huge thanks to Michael Kendrick, author of ‘Fifty Good Men and True’ and historian Stuart Warburton from the Coalville Heritage Society who kindly gifted their time and expertise to inform the work of the young people. Without their dedication and commitment to researching and sharing the memories of Coalville during WW1, the work of the young people would not have been so informed and passionate.
Please click below for a short video showing the finished pieces and watch how the young people expressed their feelings about war and conflict through art, with the aim of inspiring peace.
The group also researched where members of the Coalville First Fifty (The first 50 men from Coalville to go to war) lived and the route that they paraded before leaving to go to WW1 on October 30th 1914. Through their work with the project, these young people have now qualified for NNAS Young Navigator Bronze Star Award. Well done to all!
If you have any ideas on how you would like to work with Century of Stories to explore and share local connections to WW1 then please do get in touch.