Arts non-profit organisation Superact has launched a nationwide First World War commemorative project in Northern Ireland called The Last Post, inviting people to come together and explore their First World War heritage and the impact it had on their families and communities.
Community groups across Northern Ireland are being invited to research and share the stories of local people and places from the war and then hold a commemorative event. At every event, the Last Post ceremonial call will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in their community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to tin whistles and drums.
Designed and piloted by Superact in 2013 with support from the Department for Communities and Local Government, The Last Post project has been awarded £92,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to roll out the project in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2014. The Department of Culture Arts and Leisure is also supporting the project in Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the project, Virginia Crompton, Superact’s Executive Producer of The Last Post project said:
“The Last Post is an innovative project that will make the First World War Centenary accessible in a creative way. We have already seen how Last Post events engage and inspire communities through the nine pilots we launched this year and we can’t wait to see the project spread across the UK.”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive added:
“This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”
Cathie McKimm has been appointed as the Northern Ireland Project Manager and Regional Trainer for The Last Post and is keen to get lots of people involved in organising Last Post events.
Community organisations and groups across the country are being urged to register their details on www.thelastpostproject.org.uk to receive an information pack and learn more about the project. There is some financial support for groups to organise their event, and a regional training day has been organised for participants on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 at Hill of the O’Neill and Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon.
For more information visit www.thelastpostproject.org.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org You can also call Cathie on 0787402352 or 028 4272 9298