David Morris MP welcomes investment and encourages constituents to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for grants to explore the legacy of the First World War
David Morris, the Member of Parliament for Morecambe and Lunesdale has today welcomed news that more than £3,531,796 of National Lottery money has been invested in Morecambe and Lunesdale’s heritage projects since 1994.
From exploring local archaeology and restoring local parks and buildings to protecting wildlife and researching local history, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded more than 47 grants to heritage projects in the area.
Now, HLF is encouraging people in Morecambe and Lunesdale to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000 to undertake projects exploring the impact and legacy of the First World War beyond 1918. Whether that’s looking at the role the war played in bringing about universal suffrage; the introduction of daylight saving; or the mechanisation of agriculture, there is a wealth of local stories waiting to be explored about life following the war.
David Morris MP said: “Morecambe and Lunesdale has an incredibly rich history and we are very lucky that we have a number of community groups who ensure that our history is celebrated. The National Lottery do a fantastic job of funding worthwhile projects and I would encourage any group who is looking for funding to apply.
This year the Heritage Lottery are focusing on projects which celebrate the heritage of the First World War. Just like many towns and cities across the UK, the Morecambe and Lunesdale we live in today was shaped by the First World War and so I strongly encourage local people to make use of the money available from Heritage Lottery Fund to explore its legacy further.”
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF, said: “Sadly, the ‘war to end all wars’ was no such thing and so it is right the events of the First World War should never be forgotten. We’ve been helping people across the UK explore an incredible array of stories from 1914-18, but the war had an impact beyond 1918 and we must recognise this. The legacy of the First World War needs to be better understood and so we are encouraging people to come to us with their ideas for projects.”
The money is available through HLF’s community grants programme, First World War: then and now.