Lottery grant awarded to Banbury Museum to fund First World War project

Banbury Museum
Banbury Museum

Banbury Museum has received £9,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for help fund a project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Feeding the Front Line: Banbury’s explosive role in the First World War’ will focus on Banbury’s munitions filling factory, which ‘fed’ more than four million shells and mines to the front line over the course of the war.

The amount was awarded through the HLF’s First World War: then and now programme.

Bob Langton, Banbury Museum Trust chairman, said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported our application with a grant which will enable us to showcase this important First World War history and heritage.”

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the project involves a major exhibition at Banbury Museum featuring original artefacts including rare items from the munitions factory.

It will also involve young people in learning about the role of the munitions factory during the war and the stories of those who worked there.

With guided site visits for the local secondary schools, this project will give young people a rare opportunity to experience their war heritage first hand.

The site near Banbury is one of only two surviving First World War Lyddite shell filling factories in Britain, and the only one designated as a Scheduled Monument by English Heritage, who concluded that ‘its contributions to the war effort and to the outcome of the First World War make it a site of national and international significance’.

Stuart McLeod, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East England said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching every corner of the UK. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £57million in projects – large and small - that are marking this Centenary.

“Our small grants programme is enabling even more communities like those involved in Feeding the Front Line to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

Feeding the Front Line exhibition opens on July 26, and is free admission.