The Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trust launched their two-year project with a bang on Saturday the 12th December. inHeritage are working with the Trust and its partners to remember and interpret the Sheffield Blitz to new audiences. We will lead on oral history training and interpretation, including the creation of a permanent memorial trail of key locations in the city centre.
Author Neil Anderson started the drive for more to commemorate the attacks following the publication of his ‘Sheffield’s Date With Hitler’ book about the Blitz in 2010. He teamed up with project manager Richard Godley and heritage interpreter Bill Bevan to submit the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
Neil Anderson said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for the city of Sheffield. It will finally allow the sacrifices made by tens of thousands of people in the face of the devastating attacks to get the recognition they deserve.”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, the Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, Fiona Spiers, said: “The Second World War changed communities forever, not just due to the loss of life felt by both the Military and civilians, but also due to the huge impact it had on our towns and cities. Communities were physically changed forever due to the devastating effects of the Blitz. This important project will document and commemorate these sacrifices, enabling communities to gain a deeper understanding of the far reaching impacts of the conflict.”
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About Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail
The project has already received donations from Peter Stringfellow, Horrible Histories’ creator Terry Deary, The Moor, Atkinsons and scores of individuals.
It also has the backing of Sheffield City Council, The Star, Sheffield College, The National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield 50 Plus, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum.
The Sheffield Blitz 75th project is set to last over two years and will end on the anniversary of the last German raids on Sheffield in July 1942.
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For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Neil Anderson at the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Fund on 0777 929 2212.