The Trentham World War One project began in June 2014 as the centenary of the start of the Great War approached.
The original aim was to research the 17 names on the local war memorial and to hold an Act of Remembrance on 11 November 2014.
During 2015 the researchers gathered information about life in Trentham in the decade between 1911 and 1921 and found out more about the development of the war memorial.
In early 2016 we worked with a local school on a project to investigate the Hem Heath area of Trentham 100 years ago and in collaboration with Prof Ray Johnson produced a film, entitled Letters to Hem Heath. A presentation A Snapshot of Hem Heath was produced for a community event
Local families and landmark buildings from the time of the First World War have been researched and the information turned into information panels which can be found under the People and Places tabs.
Award for Trentham World War One Project
Trentham World War One Project won the community group category of the Sentinel 2018 Our Heroes Awards, in recognition of its contribution to researching the local history of the Great War.
The project produced a film with Ray Johnson MBE. It is entitled Trentham Remembered - a Conversation with the Past and aims to portray life on the World War One home front, as seen through the eyes of the vicar. A few copies of the DVD may still be available. Please use the contact form to enquire.
Trentham Park Branch Line
A film entitled Walking the Line - the history and heritage of the Trentham Park branch line was made to trace Trentham's connection with railways.
In recognition that it will soon be 80 years since the beginning of the Second World War, the group will research the names that are inscribed on Trentham War Memorial from 1939 - 1945. We will also look at Trentham's contribution to the war effort. Please contact us if you have any information or photographs
If you want to know more or would like to be involved in any aspects of this project, please use the contact form.
The project has a Facebook page for sharing items of interest.