Home Front Legacy 1914-18

Claire Corkill, Chris Kolonko, 2020

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Home Front Legacy 1914-18

Home Front Legacy 1914-18 (HFL) was a community engagement project co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), working with Historic England (HE) and partners across the UK. The project ran throughout the First World War Centenary (2014-2018) and enabled communities to enhance the future protection and understanding of First World War sites across the UK through the development of educational resources, skills training workshops and an online recording app and searchable site database.

Inspiration for the project came in part from the CBA’s Defence of Britain project which ran from 1995-2001 recording the militarised landscape of the UK and identifying a significant number of First World War remains. Building on this, the Home Front Legacy project aimed to record not only the military remains but also the broad variety of other sites associated with the period such as public spaces, allotments and village halls.

Prior to Home Front Legacy little archaeological investigation of the First World War Home Front had been conducted, with many sites remaining to be re-discovered and recorded accordingly. The project data gathered by volunteers and partner projects will allow archaeologists and heritage organisations to assess survival rates of First World War era archaeological sites and buildings throughout the UK.

Running over four years, the project developed a variety of approaches to encourage individuals of all ages and backgrounds to get involved. These included an accessible online recording app, workshops and a suite of learning resources for young people. Over the course of the project over 5,000 sites have been recorded, many of which will be significant new additions to the archaeological record.

The project data is now fixed and will not be updated further. However, any further information and new sites can be recorded through local Historic Environment Records/Sites and Monuments Records.

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