Join our WW1 group and make history

An exciting new opportunity has arrived for anyone interested in research, history, performing on stage, helping behind the scenes, or generally getting their teeth into a project with a difference.

Wycombe District Council is looking for about 15 volunteers of all ages for a Lottery-funded project about conscientious objectors in World War One. Anyone with an interest is welcome to join up – there are no specific skill requirements.

The volunteers will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of activities, including:

  • research into conscientious objection in the High Wycombe area using a range of archives, and with the support of the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies
  • sharing discoveries and insights at regular meetings
  • a visit to the Imperial War Museum
  • a series of workshops, with the support of the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies and the University of Hertfordshire
  • one or more workshops with two peace organisations, the Peace Pledge Union and the Haringey Peace Forum
  • creation of an education pack, film and photos for schools in the Wycombe area
  • being part of the cast or the production team for a performance in November at the Wycombe Arts Centre.

Cllr Graham Peart, Cabinet Member for Community, said: “This is a great chance to discover and explore a new perspective of the World Ward One story.

“I encourage anyone with an interest to get involved. Enthusiasm is essential – specific skills are not!”

Michelle Roffe, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) South East England, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF has already invested more than £90million to more than 1,700 projects – large and small – that are marking this global centenary.

“With our small grants programme we are enabling even more communities like those involved in this project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

For further details, and to sign up, contact community@wycombe.gov.uk or leave a message on 01494 421112.