Back in November of last year we announced, with considerable pride, our success in being granted £60,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The funding was for our project ‘Bury Remembers the First World War’ which focuses on the content of the Centre’s local newspaper archive during the years 1914-1918. With the aid of volunteers, our aim was to digitise relevant extracts from the newspapers and make them freely available to the general public; researchers; schools and other local organisations. We were excited by the amount of interest the project generated from the community and have subsequently managed to recruit a fantastic team of volunteers who are working hard to extract the thousands of articles, obituaries, poems and soldiers’ images from the five local newspapers. Already, the extracted information has supplied inspiration for a group of talented, dedicated and enthusiastic local artists named The Bury Collective!
We were so pleased to catch up with members of the Collective last week when they visited the search-room to show us a selection of their artwork – soon to be exhibited at our special event at The Met later this year. And we are so looking forward to seeing more of their illustrated responses to our archives in future poetry and timeline publications planned for the project.
For much more detailed information please check out our dedicated Bury Remembers blog where leader of the project, Reference Librarian – Adam Carter, shares regular progress reports and updates!
And if you are interested in finding out more about The Bury Collective please check out their website! Or follow their pages at: