Doncaster 1914 -18 is a community heritage project commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The Project is run by Doncaster Heritage Services and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £926,700.
The project encourages 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 will explore 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 will travel 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.
The Project will also include an education programme for primary and secondary schools and a community archaeology project. Volunteers will play a key role in the project, helping us to research and share Doncaster’s First World War history.
Doncaster 1914-18 is part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museum.
Over the course of the Project, Doncaster 1914-18 will be working 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.
If you would be interested in working with the project, please get in touch.