A century of history set to be uncovered after museum wins £56k lottery funding

Priest's House museum in Wimborne

Priest's House museum in Wimborne

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A MUSEUM has been awarded a grant that will allow it to uncover a century of history in East Dorset.

The Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne has received £56,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete project The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset.

The initiative, which will enable members of the public to research the effects of the war in the area, will begin with two ‘we want your stories’ days on August 23 and 25 between 10.30am and 3pm.

Admission to the museum will be free for anyone attending the event.

David Morgan, chairman of the Priest’s House Museum Trust, said: “This project will help to mark the centenary of the First World War and remember the extraordinary sacrifices made overseas and at home by the people of East Dorset. “With the help of the local community we aim to record new stories to add to existing research, and make both accessible through a series of activities encouraging all to participate in. We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this possible.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists 254 men who died of wounds or were killed in action whose next of kin were in East Dorset.

Project organisers also want to find out more about other casualties of the war, such as those buried with no known grave or commemorated elsewhere but who had family in the area.

The initiative also aims to research the roles played in the war by women and children.

Photographs, letters, diaries, postcards, medals and other links to the war made available to project researchers will be documented, ensuring that all information can be preserved for future generations.

Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “Through our grants programmes, we are enabling more communities like those involved in Wimborne and East Dorset to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local people broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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4:32pm Sat 23 Aug 14

60plus says...

And they council wanted to close this museum,it would then have been turned into a charity shop.
And they council wanted to close this museum,it would then have been turned into a charity shop. 60plus
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4:32pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will
Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will Lord Spring
  • Score: 1

9:54pm Sat 23 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Well at least this lottery money is going to a better destination than the waste being given to Ringwood for Xmas lights.
Well at least this lottery money is going to a better destination than the waste being given to Ringwood for Xmas lights. twynhamob
  • Score: 1

10:37pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Crank says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will
It's Wimborne, Dorset. Christchurch isn't bothered about heritage issues.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will[/p][/quote]It's Wimborne, Dorset. Christchurch isn't bothered about heritage issues. Crank
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Sat 23 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Crank wrote:
Lord Spring wrote:
Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will
It's Wimborne, Dorset. Christchurch isn't bothered about heritage issues.
Christchurch does seem to be embroiled in 'Priest's Houses' and their aftermath.
[quote][p][bold]Crank[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will[/p][/quote]It's Wimborne, Dorset. Christchurch isn't bothered about heritage issues.[/p][/quote]Christchurch does seem to be embroiled in 'Priest's Houses' and their aftermath. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

7:43am Sun 24 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

Lord Spring wrote:
Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will
Christchurch is correctly shown in it's historic (ie; original) county of Hampshire on the CWGC, as is Bournemouth. Both towns were "transferred" to Dorset in the 1979 national elections as a way of holding on to larger "seats" for the Tory government.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: Is Christchurch East Dorset as it will come up as Hampshire in CWGC Debt of Honour as Bournemouth will[/p][/quote]Christchurch is correctly shown in it's historic (ie; original) county of Hampshire on the CWGC, as is Bournemouth. Both towns were "transferred" to Dorset in the 1979 national elections as a way of holding on to larger "seats" for the Tory government. we-shall-see
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5:29pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Western Sunset says...

Let's get our facts straight please.

Bournemouth and Christchurch were transferred to Dorset on 1st April 1974 as a result of the 1972 Local Government Act.

Thank you.
Let's get our facts straight please. Bournemouth and Christchurch were transferred to Dorset on 1st April 1974 as a result of the 1972 Local Government Act. Thank you. Western Sunset
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Sun 24 Aug 14

agp1337 says...

I don't understand this. The museum - excellent though it is - is 15 miles from Christchurch. So why is it on this page?
I don't understand this. The museum - excellent though it is - is 15 miles from Christchurch. So why is it on this page? agp1337
  • Score: 5
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