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World War One project co-ordinator appointed for Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Hannah Barter with Leek Town Mayor John Fisher.

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A co-ordinator has been appointed to lead a large-scale project to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in Leek.

The town has been awarded £74,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out a range of schemes, including a large parade and a changing exhibition.

The funding was made possible by a HLF bid by Leek Town Council in conjunction with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, local schools, the Friends of Nicholson War Memorial, county library services, and the Leek branch of Royal British Legion.

Part of the funding is paying for a temporary part-time project manager to assist in the delivery of the range of community events for the 'Leek and the Moorlands Great War Centenary'.

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Hannah Barter, director of Urban Vision Enterprise in Burslem, was the successful applicant out of 12 who applied for the role.

Leek Town Mayor John Fisher said: "We shortlisted four of the applicants.

"Hannah was the clear winner in the sense that her experience fitted what we wanted. She has a wealth of experience and is very talented."

The original job advert for the role said the co-ordinator would work four days per week over a 10-month period, and paid at £28,000 a year (pro rata).

Hannah said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to help commemorate the First World War in our local community.

"This is a 10-month programme of social history, exploration and discovery as part of the First World War commemorative events programme in Leek and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

"Based around the local history, it will look at urban context, social history and the discovery of events, life and people before, during and after the war, examining the impact, social and physical change in a thriving market town in the Staffordshire Moorlands."

As well as the large aspects of the project – the First Mile Parade and exhibition in the Nicholson Institute – Hannah will be co-ordinating a range of workshops and trips for schoolchildren, all focusing on the Great War.

From these educational activities and a research programme, and from the collection of Leek-related First World War memorabilia, there will also be a 'Roll of Honour' publication produced about Leek C Battery, and a display projected directly onto the face of the Nicholson War Memorial.

Hannah, who lives in Leek, has already worked on a number of heritage projects within the Staffordshire Moorlands, including being involved in the Pugin Bi-Centenary Project in Cheadle in 2012, and a building survey project in conjunction with the Staffordshire Moorlands and High Peak councils last year.

Hannah said of her aims for the Leek and the Moorlands Great War Centenary project: "We will be building on our relations with our partners as well as build to work with other organisations that we have not worked with before.

"We want to get as many people as possible involved in this project."

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