Norbriggs First World War Then and Now

Norbriggs Primary School in Mastin Moor received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund  for their project – Norbriggs Then and Now. Awarded through HLF’s First World War Then and Now programme, the project focuses on discovering what everyday life was like in the local area and what impact the events of the First World War had on its people, both as they existed then and the World War I stories of the people who live there now.
The project involves  Year 5 pupils, parents and the local community, including the local residential home, the Willows, in the research process.

Research topics have included records of local industrial activity, including mining and farming, and the role of the Mastin Moor Isolation Hospital during World War I. The project is being supported by Nicola Verdon from Sheffield Hallam University who is researching Derbyshire’s food and farming during World War I, Derbyshire Record Office who visited the school bringing along original documents for the children to research and Whitworks Adventures in Theatre who led drama and creative writing workshops.

The project will culminate in the creation of a book containing research and written responses from pupils and volunteers. The book will be given free to all the families in the primary school and other community members.