Billy Youth Engagement Project has been awarded a national Lottery grant of £9700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund -(HLF) for an exciting project, “Sharing stories of WW1 Munitions factories in North and North East London”, based at Broad Water Farm Community Centre.
The Ministry of Munitions both adapted existing buildings and built special factories to produce vital war material, such as respirators, shells, explosives, and optical glass, and though being of key significance during war years, they have been poorly documented and protected since.
Made possible thanks to money raised by national Lottery players, this project aims to improve the understanding of these factories in the boroughs of Haringey, Barnet and Hackney and Enfield. The project will be led by a team of volunteers from the local community with expertise and support from Gateways To The First World War and academics from the University of York and University of Brighton.
The project will reveal to participants, volunteers, and the wider community through different training sessions, workshops, visits and an exhibition, what our local munitions factories produced for war purposes and then use photographs of these factory locations(old and new) to organise a community exhibition at Broad water Farm Community centre.
Commenting on the award, Bienvenu Kitu, -the organization’s Chair said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, thanks to National Lottery players, and in collaboration with Gateways To The First World War and some important specialists of munitions factories during the WW1 Coming from York University and the University of Brighton. We are more than confident that this project will help participants and volunteers understand this particular aspect of the WW1 heritage on the home front.”
Billy Youth Engagement Project was founded on 5th April 2012. Its aims are to empower young people in North London to realise their potential and keep them away from streets by providing different activities that would support their positive development.
Hence our main activities focus on education and training of the marginalised areas of our society.
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