Doncaster 1914 -18 was a community heritage project commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The project was run by Heritage Doncaster and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £926,700.
The project encouraged Doncaster people and those with connections to the area to research and share their own First World War stories.
Between 2015 and 2019, a series of events, exhibitions and a new website explored the role of the borough, its people, and the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in the conflict, both at home and on the front line.
The Great War on Tour travelled around Doncaster and into the former West Riding of Yorkshire (from where the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry were recruited) giving residents the chance to share their personal stories and memories, learn how to upload their stories to doncaster1914-18.org.uk, to be part of a new community archive, find out more about the project, and take part in hands-on activities.
Doncaster 1914-18 was part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museum.
Over the course of the Project, Doncaster 1914-18 worked with a series of partners including:
- Doncaster College and University Centre
- Hall Cross Academy
- The Doncaster Central Learning Centre
- South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum
- The Victoria Cross Trust
- The Doncaster and District Heritage Association
- Doncaster and District Family History Society
And other local history societies.
Although the project ended in July 2019, the project website is still open for submissions, which will be monitored on a weekly basis. In 2020, the website will be archived and submissions will be closed, but it will remain online for viewing.