Glossop, Tunics for Goalposts

The Wellfit Health & Wellbeing CIC with £9700 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and supported by the Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War Project, recruited volunteers to research the impact the Great War had on Glossop and its leading football club.  Using a simple black and white photograph of the 1914-15 Glossop Town FC team explored and brought to life local people’s Great War experiences. Using an inter-generational working group to research what happened to the men in the photograph, what happened to other men who played for Glossop Town, what Glossop was like at the time of war and why men would so readily volunteer to fight. The players’ stories took the project in many different directions, revealing a fascinating social jigsaw picture of Glossop during the First World War.

The volunteer members of the Wellfit walking football group undertook the research with younger members of the community. The project linked with the local secondary school and engage young people in the research both in and out of curriculum time. Throughout the project, researchers were encouraged to use their own family connections to inform the research and bring their own heritage closer to them.

The main output of the project was a website which grew organically throughout the project following each line of enquiry from the original photograph. The resulting heritage was shared with the wider community through the web site, the local newspaper, the heritage group, exhibitions, displays and talks.