Remember Together programme
The UK-wide Big Ideas 'Remember Together' programme aims to engage communities in discovering and commemorating stories from the First World War within their own local area and entries were accepted until 26 October 2018.
The programme was of particular interest to community groups and all were encouraged to get involved.
This World War One commemorative programme offered an expenses scheme for small-scale funding (up to £100), for Remembrance activities in the lead up to the Centenary of Armistice this November. Groups were not required to be formally constituted, making the opportunity open to collectives of at least eight people.
A range of informative, creative and educational free resources are available along with access to databases which catalogue burial sites of World War One service personnel across Northern Ireland.
Applications for the Big Ideas 'Remember Together' programme were accepted from those who wished to discover and remember World War One through creative responses to one of the following Remember Together programmes:
- Trailblazers: World War One’s Inspirational Women
The Trailblazers programme invites groups to celebrate women past, present and future. The free resource pack features case studies of 20 inspirational women from the First World War period, including Emma Duffin and Countess Markievicz. Groups could create an exhibition, performance or talk with a guest speaker to feature local and contemporary Trailblazers along with those from WW1.
- The Unremembered: World War One’s Army of Workers
The Unremembered project commemorates the Labour Corps, who came from across the Commonwealth and beyond. Many died, yet today their contribution and sacrifice is rarely acknowledged. Groups can organise commemorative activities such as making a wreath or using The Unremembered database to find local Labour Corps graves and discover little-known local heritage.
- Motherhood, Loss and the First World War
This project acknowledges the universality of bereavement as the defining experience of the First World War, with a special focus on the impact on mothers – an overlooked aspect of grief from the period. Bring members of your community together through activities such as reading letters between First World War mothers and sons, visiting graves and memorials, researching local stories, creative writing or a visual art piece.
- Tull100 — Football Remembers
Tull100 celebrates and commemorates Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black professional footballers and the first person of black heritage to become an officer in the regular British Army. Schools and community groups can earn medals by discovering Walter Tull’s story, remembering him with activities such as football matches or letter writing, and by taking action to make their community more inclusive with a ‘No Barriers’ discussion.
- Remember RAF100
Remember RAF100 marks the formation of the RAF and commemorates air service personnel who lost their lives in World War One. The resources provide KS1 and KS2 level children with poems, lesson plans, and a step-by-step guide to making your own plane and a poetry book to illustrate, along with a poster demonstrating how to discover local RAF WWI graves.
You can find out more about the Remember Together programme by visiting big-ideas.org.