Series of events to mark start of World War One

Animator Claire Lamond at work in the archives
Animator Claire Lamond at work in the archives

Fife Cultural Trust to commemorate historic occasion thanks to grant from Heritage Lottery Fund

Next year is the anniversary of the start of World War One, and Fife Cultural Trust has some fascinating plans to commemorate this significant time in history.
Thanks to a grant of £45,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Trust will be organising a series of special events and activities, kicking off with a free World War One exhibition on MAC - Fife’s unique Mobile Museum.
Work has already started behind the scenes on this display, and the show will go on the road for over 18 months, launching next April.
MAC is incredibly popular with audiences, who love climbing aboard this bespoke travelling exhibition space and finding themselves in another world.
With this new exhibition of objects and photographs from Fife’s museum collections, people will experience some of the moving stories of Fifers who got caught up in the war, both fighting abroad and keeping things going on the home front.
The grant from HLF is also funding a special animation to be created by award-winning artist Claire Lamond.
Already immersed in Fife Council’s archives, Claire is going to bring to life some of the stories she is uncovering there. 
She will create an animation featuring handcrafted puppets, which will be viewed on MAC in a recreated room set and should appeal to audiences both young and old!
The grant will also fund further events – with four World War One weeks to take place across Fife from next August. These will bring together a host of activities, from theatre to author events, film to family history, and will be aimed at both local schoolchildren and the wider community.
Stuart Cross, chairman of Fife Cultural Trust, is pleased that the Trust will be able to contribute in this way to the events commemorating the start of the First World War.
He said: “With MAC traveling around the Kingdom, and special events at various community venues, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved and learn more about this fascinating and poignant period of history.”
The HLF themselves are very pleased to be able to be able to support the project.
Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The First World War changed the face of modern history touching the lives of everyone in this country and beyond.
“HLF has committed to funding a variety of projects across Scotland, from organisations large and small, that will create a deeper understanding of the heritage of the conflict.
“The Mobile Museum project will allow people to do just that, and become a focal point for visitors to interpret the First World War throughout Fife. HLF is delighted to give its support.”

Curator Iain Clark with World War One figures

Curator Iain Clark with World War One figures