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Enfield Council secures £79,500 Heritage Lottery Fund money

Published Monday, 16 June 2014

Enfield Council’s Local Studies Library and Archives have received £79,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its innovative project that will increase understanding of the impact of the First and Second World Wars in Enfield.

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The project, called ‘Enfield at War’ runs until June 2015, and explores the story of the people, places and events which happened in Enfield during both World Wars.

As with most towns during this time Enfield suffered greatly through bomb damage. Being heavily industrialised meant that Enfield was an important target during bombing raids, and Enfield also contributed massively to the war effort with the Royal Small Arms site being based there; the factory was famous for producing the ‘Lee-Enfield rifle.’

The ‘Enfield at War’ project will provide opportunities for volunteers to gain experience in archive research, oral history collection and the digitisation of historic documents and images. They will help to produce an on-line database containing a collection of newly digitised wartime images, interactive kiosks points, wartime heritage maps, educational work packs, an online web book and collect oral histories. Residents will also be invited to share their memories, photographs and other materials at two special “Enfield at War” days where they will be invited to learn about Enfield’s wartime history.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection said “This grant from the HLF is great news for Enfield Council and for the local community. Enfield played a key role during both world wars, for example the Lee-Enfield rifle, manufactured in Enfield Lock, was the main firearm used by military forces during the first half of the 20th Century. It’s great news to hear that by securing this grant we can do even more research into how people, industry and buildings were affected during the wars.”


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