What project will you do?
You’ve probably already got a project in mind but if not, then we’ve already identified some subject areas that are under-researched, where we’d welcome heritage projects. This isn’t an exhaustive list, so if you’ve an idea for a project that isn’t covered here, then please do speak to us. Look at our Derbyshire’s Commemoration pages for examples of projects that have already been successful.
First World War projects:
- Hospitals used to treat the wounded locally
- What happened to local industry during the war
- What was life like for returning soldiers
- The role of women and children during the war
Oral History projects:
- Memories of working in Derby and Derbyshire industries
- Memories of the Second World War
For more information about oral history projects, take a look at how to collect oral histories.
- Migration and minority ethnic communities
- Disability history
- Health and wellbeing
Once you’ve got an idea don’t make these common mistakes:
- Don’t do something that’s already been done. Make sure the subject of your project is a new one. Before you get too far in your planning, check whether someone has already carried out a similar project. You can ask us, and if you decide to apply for funding you can ask your funder.
- Don’t do something that’s similar to another project. Make yours different from others by hooking it around an event, topic or angle that is unique to your group or community.
- Don’t make your topic too wide ranging. Your project needs to be specific, so narrow down the dates you’re looking at, the geographical area and subject(s) until you’re sure it has a clear focus and is manageable. Do take note of gaps in the historical record that need filling as they will give your project strength.