Swadlincote: The 1914 Love Story

In conjunction with professional community arts organisation People Express and with £6,700 funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Pingle School in Swadlincote used their ‘1914 Love Story’ project to focus on the countdown to war and the social changes it brought about in the area.

The project used personal stories of the war time era, focusing on the love story of two local people. The story involves Maurice Lea, a soldier from South Derbyshire who died in France during WW1. Using his life as a starting point, the school discovered his story and that of other young men.  Visits were made to  Staffordshire Regimental Museum (touring a full-scale reconstruction of a First World War trench), the National Memorial Arboretum, The Magic Attic  and Derbyshire Record Office.

Images, stories and recordings, were used to dramatise the lives of a young couple and the impact that world events had on changes in society.

Students wrote fictional letters based on actual history, created digital storybooks (a combination of images and audio), hosted a Community Tea Dance and performed their short play ‘The 1914 Love Story’.