PTUC & Heritage Lottery Funded Bids: 20 Streets in Portsmouth – final event

Where: St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street, Buckland, Portsmouth.

When: 25th March, 10.30am-3pm

The completed 20 Streets project is culminating in an event which will review the work which has taken place over the last year to research the lives of the men listed on the war memorials in St Wilfrid’s Church, Portsmouth. All are invited to attend the event and see the great work carried out by the volunteers, students and staff on the project. The programme of events will cover an overview of the project and provide intimate stories of those featured on the war memorials, with a chance to view the project’s exhibition at the end. For more details please follow this link 20 STREETS MARCH 2017

PTUC’s Brad Beaven (also a co-investigator for Gateways to the First World War) was on the advisory panel for a Heritage Lottery Funded bid obtained by the partnership of Portsea Parish and Fratton Big Local. The project was successfully executed through the help of local volunteer researchers and History students from the University of Portsmouth’s History Department and enabled local people to come together to research and preserve the memories of these men who served in the First World War. 993 men are named on the memorials, most of them from just 21 streets in Buckland (of which 20 survive between St Mary’s Road and New Road). 135 of the men gave their lives during the war, or in one case, immediately after. The project also enabled youths from local colleges and schools to take part in the National Citizen Service Arts Award, which produced some excellent poetry and artworks (including video, photographic and painted pieces).

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