A class of Year 10 students of Rural Studies at Thomas Alleyne’s High School, Uttoxeter, explored the war effort on the home front, considering the effects of the removal of manpower and horsepower from the farms, and the need to produce and ration food in different ways. Footage was filmed at Uttoxeter Library; the School’s own “Dig for Victory” plots and on a visit to Shugborough Farm, Staffordshire. The project was facilitated by Born Communication, with Staffordshire Libraries and Matthew Blake, Archivist.
The Digital War Memorial is a project led by the Society of Chief librarians. It brings together a wide range of communities to work with high quality artists to create their own unique creative response to the First World War Centenary. Using the rich resources of local libraries and archives as the starting point, the new artworks tell diverse stories of how the First World War touched people’s lives and how it is remembered today. From 2014 to 2018 we hope to see projects across the whole country that will cumulate into a truly national memorial for our times.