Aberdour First World War project receives Lottery funding

Hawkscraig Point, Aberdour, around 1918

Hawkscraig Point, Aberdour, around 1918

Aberdour Cultural Association is celebrating after receiving an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The “First World War: then and now” funding stream provides grants for communities to help them mark the centenary of the First World War.

The project entitled ‘HMS Tarlair – Aberdour rediscovers its role in Britain’s response to the U-boat threat – will put the funding towards researching, recording and presenting the history of the World War One Royal Naval research station HMS Tarlair, located in Aberdour.

The base, which closed soon after the end of the war, is of local, national and technological significance yet little is known about it in the local area or further afield.

The project aims to record the impact it made for current and future generations.

HMS Tarlair had a significant impact on the course of the war and life of the local community, and nearly 4000 people trained there. Physically, there is little left of the site, or the associated sea-plane station, and nothing to mark its presence or significance.

Lewis Banks, committee member of the Aberdour Cultural Society, said: “We are really pleased that we have been awarded the funding. It means that we can continue with the research and share our findings with the local community and beyond.

“It will also allow the association to view the archives at the Greewich Maritime Museum in London. It really is great news.”

A local history exhibition which will include information on HMS Tarlair, will take place for three days during the Aberdour Festival on August 8-10.

Aberdour Cultural Association would like to hear from anyone who may have any information on the base, where it is known that a number of local people worked.

For more information visit aberdour.culture@outlook.com.




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