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Wotton under Edge's WW1 project wins lottery funding

A project to remember the residents of Wotton under Edge who fought in and lived through World War One, has won Heritage Lottery Fund cash.

The Wotton Historical Society and Heritage Centre has been given £7,000 to "preserve the memories and heritage" of those who went to fight in France.

It will enable volunteers to collect records, artefacts and photographs of those affected by the war locally.

Museum curator David Baird said they were "thrilled" to receive the support.

"[We] look forward to creating an archive worthy of the young men who went off to fight in the First World War from Wotton under Edge a century ago," he said.

The information gathered will be digitally recorded and an online interactive archive created to allow the public to "discuss, contribute, share and research" information about the Home Front.

Schoolchildren will also be able to visit the centre to learn about life during World War One and a play is being written to reflect the period.

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