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. A project briefing is available.
In early 2016 we worked with a local school on a project to investigate the Hem Heath area of Trentham 100 years ago. We held a community event on 19 March 2016 to share their findings. Check out a presentation from the event entitled A Snapshot of Hem Heath.
Next we are turning our attention to the Trentham Village area and want to find out more about the families who were living there around the time of the First
World War. We will partner Trentham Church in holding a Heritage Open Day on 10 September 2016 and produce a guided trail.
The project continues to raise funds to share its research with the community. If you would like to support us, please use the donation form.
The project has a Facebook page for sharing items of interest.
Letters to Hem Heath
In collaboration with Ash Green School and Prof Ray Johnson, the project produced a film about the Hem Heath community 100 years ago. Entitled Letters to Hem Heath, it features local postman Frank Harris on his rounds during the First World War. He is accompanied by two time-travelling children who meet some of the Hem Heath residents. Copies of the DVD can be purchased through the Staffordshire Film Archive website.
If you would like to be involved in any aspects of this project, please use the contact form.