Aston On Trent Local History Group: WW1 commemoration
Aston on Trent Local History Group, in partnership with the communities of the villages of Aston on Trent and Weston on Trent, and the Royal British Legion received £8,900 in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their project to commemorate the Great War, focusing on the impact the war had on both villages.
The project involved members of the community, both young and old. As well as donating family photographs, objects and memories, over 6,400 hours of voluntary contributions were given to the project. Activities included a week-long interactive exhibition in All Saints’ Heritage Centre. A feature of the exhibition was a construction of a replica trench. This was of great interest to visitors, of which just under 1100 were recorded, including 250 children from Aston, Weston and Barrow on Trent schools.
Other activities included a public concert featuring the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir; the production of a Commemorative Book about the war’s impact on the two villages; the production of an audio CD featuring poems and letters from the trenches; a short dramatic play, interactive school workshops and a children’s play in both primary schools and a themed village well dressing.