Portsdown University of the Third Age (U3A) will use a grant for £7,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to discover the impact of the Battle of Jutland on the people of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.
The project coincides with the centenary of the First World War.
The money will enable Portsdown U3A’s local history and genealogy groups, through archival research and interviews with relatives, to record the impact on families of the loss of local men during the battle.
By exhibiting the results of the research at various venues in the area, it is hoped peple will have a greater understanding of the battle’s impact.
Steve Doe, from the U3A, said: ‘We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
‘We are excited by the avenues the award opens up for us, and relish the opportunity to involve the people of Portsmouth and Gosport in researching an important aspect of the community’s history.’
Members of Portsdown U3A will initially research those sailors who were either born in, or were resident in, Portsmouth and Gosport who lost their lives at Jutland.
In addition, several open sessions will be held around the area, to allow anyone who had a relative who served at Jutland to share with the team any pertinent photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos, as well as family tales passed down.
At the Battle of Jutland in 1916, the British Grand Fleet lost 6,094 sailors – approximately 550-600 of whom came from Portsmouth and Gosport.
With help from the University of Ports-mouth’s history department, it is intended to create a contemporary digital map of Portsmouth and Gosport showing where each of the sailors lived and to highlight which areas were most badly affected.
A roll of honour will then be lodged with the various record offices and museums in Portsmouth and Gosport, for the use of local communities.
For more information about the U3A, go to portsdownu3a.org.uk.