Museum’s war project gets boost of £97,000

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THOUSANDS of pounds has been given to a city museum for a new project on the First World War.

The Portsmouth City Museum has been awarded £97,000, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the Lest We Forget project which will commemorate the anniversary of the start of the First World War.

An exhibition will be opened in July 2014 telling the stories of 200 who contributed to the war either on the frontline or in Portsmouth. Photographs, medals, casualty plaques and other personal items will be on display.

Once the exhibition is open, the public will be invited to contribute their own stories to the exhibition and online.

Councillor Lee Hunt, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘we’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support.

‘Telling the stories of the individuals from Portsmouth who took part is an excellent way of commemorating the anniversary of the First World War.’