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Kennet Valley World War 2 collection to be digitised

Troops at Littlecote House Image copyright Ramsbury at War
Image caption The Kennet Valley at War Trust collection is held at Littlecote House which was used by the US Army during World War Two

A collection of World War Two artefacts is set to be digitised as part of a community history project.

The Kennet Valley at War Trust plans to create an education pack, walking routes and website based around its collection of wartime items.

The collection includes photographs, badges, a Sherman tank turret and part of a German Heinkel 111 bomber's wing.

The trust has received £30,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create the digital archive.

The project will involve students from Newbury College and Ramsbury Primary School researching and photographing the wartime items.

Items in the collection are currently kept at a small museum within the Littlecote House Hotel, near Hungerford, where the 506th (US) Parachute Infantry Regiment were based during the war.

Tim Green, of the the Kennet Valley at War Trust, said: "The project will help young people and the wider community better understand and take pride in their local heritage."

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