The Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum at Skinningrove has received £8,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to research the impact of the First World War. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project called “Home Front & Western Front” will focus on the experiences of the people of Skinningrove during the war years, both those who went off to fight and those who remained behind and kept the home fires burning. Special emphasis will be placed on the unique part played by the village’s women and children.
Research will be carried out by volunteers from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum together with members of the Skinningrove History Group and other interested individuals. Special effort will be made to involve children from the Whitecliffe Primary School in Carlin How, which most children from Skinningrove now attend.
A Project Manager with experience of historical research will be recruited to train and guide the volunteers in research techniques. He or she will then help them select material suitable for inclusion in a permanent exhibition to be housed at the Museum.
Commenting on the award, Museum Chairman David Dance said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this project, which we hope will help keep alive for present day residents of the village the memory of the part played by their grandparents & great grandparents in the events of a century ago. Anyone interested in helping with the project or who has stories, letters, postcards or any First World War memorabilia they are willing to share with us, should contact the Museum on 01287 642877 – we’ll be delighted to hear from them”