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Funding granted to WWI Schools Project

17 Mar 2017 4:00PM

The University of Suffolk will be working with the Royal British Legion and local schools in Ipswich on a major Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) commemoration project which will examine the significance of the Battle of Arras (9 April and 16 May 1917).

To mark the centenary of the Battle, the project will support teams of students from St Albans High School and Stoke High in Ipswich, working in conjunction with staff and students from the University to explore the lives of some of the Ipswich men who fought and died during the Arras Offensive of 1917.

Five Battalions of the Suffolk Regiment saw action in the Battle of Arras 1917 and over 700 men from the Regiment lost their lives in the fighting. Based research to be conducted in the UK and France the project will disseminate its findings through exhibitions in Arras and Ipswich during the centenary period and as well as further educational events.

Commenting on the award, Dr Harvey Osborne, Course Leader for BA (Hons) History said “We are delighted to be working with the British Legion and local schools on this HLF supported project. The 1917 Arras Offensive is rather overshadowed by the 1916 Battle of the Somme even though by some measures it was deadlier. Our students, working alongside those from local schools, will highlight the significant contribution made by men of the Suffolk Regiment to the Battle and how what happened in 1917 continues to inform the fraternal link between Ipswich and Arras today.”

The British Legion in Ipswich has been granted £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Explaining the significance of the funding, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said “As we approach the Centenary of the Battle of Arras, we’re pleased to support this project which will put young people in particular in charge of exploring the legacy of the conflict and sharing the stories of the Suffolk Regiment and the experiences of the wider community.”

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