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Educational WW1 booklet created by Dartford MP receives funding

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 August 2014

The booklet has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The booklet has received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

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An educational booklet produced by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson, working in partnership with the Royal British Legion (RBL) Greenhithe and Swanscombe branch, charting Dartford's role during the First World War has secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £3,000.

The booklet aims to inform primary school children about Dartford during the First World War and encourage them to explore their own wartime heritage.

Gareth Johnson MP, said: “The educational booklet we are creating about Dartford in the First World War to give to every primary school child in Dartford Constituency is to mark the Centenary of the start of the war and this grant will make that possible.

“It will fund the research and production of the booklet and we’re delighted to be supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The booklet is 24 pages and will feature lots of information about the war including life in the trenches, women in the war, children and stories of local people killed and where soldiers were buried in the constituency.

“The aim is to give bite-size bits of information with quizzes and activities so the children can go away and learn more. It will hopefully provide them with a clear idea of Dartford’s rich heritage and its role during the conflict.

“I hope the project will educate children about their town in the war and inspire them to research their heritage by visiting the local museum, library and any local WW1 events.”

Phil Berry of Greenhithe and Swancombe RBL said: “Our aim for this project is twofold. To inform and give our young generation an insight into a conflict which became the First World War 100 years ago this Month.

“But most importantly for them to ask questions about their own family’s involvement and how their local area, families and the general population of Dartford and the surrounding villages were affected by ‘the war to end all wars.

“The material is primarily aimed at KS2, although I know many teachers will be able to easily adapt many parts of the booklet for upper KS1 and even KS3.”

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