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About the project

WW1 – Near & Far was a community exhibition researched and created by Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hertfordshire, that located and transcribed unpublished diaries from a local soldier, or Sapper (a soldier responsible for tasks such as building and repairing roads and bridges, laying and clearing mines), who served in WW1. The project aimed to engage students in their community’s history, as well as provide a place for locals to meet and discuss their and their families’ experiences of loss and sacrifice.

The exhibition was enjoyed at two community launch events at the school and Hatfield Library, and was housed for a month at Mill Green Museum before touring to history and heritage groups free of charge.

National Lottery funding covered the costs of the exhibition, providing research resources and experiences for students, including an unforgettable trip to Ypres for 20 members of the student project committee.

WW1 – Near & Far helped to engage the Hatfield community and students with the history of WW1 through a personal, moving and informative story. The exhibition covered all of the major battles of the Great War as well as personal stories from the battlefield and the Home Front, which were all thoroughly researched and shared with the wider community.

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