Crystal Clear Creator has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Grant for an exciting research project about Leicester in the First World War.

We are looking for around 20 participants to take a key role in the research project. Ideally the group will represent a range of age, gender and cultural backgrounds.

The project is free of charge and no experience is necessary – interest and enthusiasm are all we are asking for.  Professional researchers and archivists will help develop skills in accessing primary and secondary sources, including regimental diaries, letters, census returns and photographs. Workshops will be led by writers and historians, and there will be the opportunity for visits to local and national museums, including the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum. Crystal Clear Creators will provide all the resources and expertise needed.

The project will focus on the experiences of the people of Leicester during World War One, and culminate in an exhibition and presentation of research findings in the summer of 2014, the centenary of the outbreak of war.

The research will look at two elements of the war. The first will explore the experiences of Leicester’s men and women in the armed and auxiliary forces.

The second will focus on the experiences of those living in Leicester during the war and after the Armistice. Research will focus particularly on the London Road area, including the YMCA and the railway station.

We will be facilitating workshops in schools, colleges, the Records Office and other venues. For more information please contact:

Sue Mackrell and David McCormack, jessntab@aol.com
Robin Webber-Jones, rwebberjones@hotmail.co.uk

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