South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

South Gloucestershire in the First World War Project: 2014 – 2018

As the South Gloucestershire in the First World War Project: 2014 – 2018 comes to an end this month, South Gloucestershire Council, the HLF (funder), South Gloucestershire Museums (partners) and the Imperial War Museum (partner) can be delighted that the project has succeeded in finding stories to engage local people in how the lives of the people of South Gloucestershire were affected by the First World War, one hundred years ago.

Feedback about the learning resources have been positive, with one primary school teacher from Courtney Primary School stating that the whole school has been engaged in the project, and others commenting that the exhibitions 'brought home the impact of WW1 on local communities'.

The project created learning resources for schools and groups; three touring exhibitions; a drama in July 2016 to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which ran in real time through Twitter; a war memorial website, with over 1530 names and a programme to provide access via QR codes near war memorials. To find out more about the project please visit: www.southglos.gov.uk/ww1


South Gloucestershire Museums Group members who contributed so much to the project, receiving First World War Loans Boxes and Learning Resources from Cherry Hubbard, Engagement Officer.
South Gloucestershire Museums Group members who contributed so much to the project, receiving First World War Loans Boxes and Learning Resources from Cherry Hubbard, Engagement Officer.


Poppy Gardens in Yate and Sodbury Armistice Centenary Event

To commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice this year, the project has also facilitated and supported through online instruction resources and small grants, the making of thousands of clay poppies as well as other commemorative activities across South Gloucestershire.

This involved supporting over a dozen local schools to make the poppies and working with St Mary’s Church, Yate and St John’s Church, Chipping Sodbury, to create the Poppy Gardens. Organised by Yate Town Council, Yate Parish Council, Chipping Sodbury Town Council, Doddington Parish Council, Rotary Club and the Royal British Legion.


Pupils from St. Mary’s School and the Head Teacher (Mr. Jon Bird) with the poppies they made.

Pupils from St. Mary’s School and the Head Teacher (Mr. Jon Bird) with the poppies they made.

First World War touring exhibitions.

First World War touring exhibitions.