‘Think of Me’ is a Horsebridge Arts Centre led participatory project remembering the soldiers associated with Whitstable who lost their lives during the First World War.
The project has worked with volunteers to research and discover the personal heritages of these soldiers, enabling us to compile the first complete record of all local men who died as a result of the war.
To commemorate the soldiers, members of the local community have hand sewn a sweetheart pin cushion for each serviceman, inspired by their individual stories, which will feature in a memorial installation from 3 – 18 November at the Horsebridge Centre Galleries, where the cushions will be hung in remembrance, finally uniting all the servicemen together in one place. An accompanying exhibition in the adjoining gallery will display the biographies of the soldiers, with artefacts, memories, letters, stories and findings uncovered during the research stages of this project.
Think of me has been made possible thanks to funding from a National Lottery grant, awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme.
Gateways to the First World War is delighted to be supporting this local project. Our Community Heritage Researcher worked closely with project lead Hannah Wenn around developing the project and we will continue to support the project’s events and activities and offer advice from across our network of First World War historians.
Please contact Hannah Wenn, Project leader on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01227 281174 for more information.