Museum display to mark centenary of World War I
A PEAK District museum can put on a First World War exhibition thanks to a £21,000 grant.
Eyam Museum has been given the money by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The money will fund research and an exhibition called Eyam 1914-1918: A Second Sacrifice.
This display will explore the impact of the war on the local area.
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The exhibition will open in March 2014, to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the start of the Great War.
As well as the centenary of the start of the Great War, Eyam will also be commemorating the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the bubonic plague in the village.
Villagers sacrificed their lives at that time to contain the outbreak within the village.
Vanessa Harbar, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, explained why the museum had been chosen.
She said: "This is a wonderful and intriguing project that serves to commemorate the impact of the First World War on Eyam and its residents.
"The village has good reason to be proud of its ancestors, their response to the Bubonic plague and their wartime sacrifices.
"We look forward to the exhibition and hope the project will serve to raise further the profile of this honourable museum to the community and its visitors."
Ken Thompson, chairman of Eyam Museum, said local volunteers would help stage the exhibition.
He said: "We are excited to give visitors a unique opportunity to compare both these sacrifices made by the village.
"The local community in Eyam and the surrounding area has a long tradition of honouring the past and the sacrifices made by those connected to the region.
"The exhibition will continue this heritage at a time when the country as a whole is commemorating this landmark event.
"The grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund allows us not only to hold the exhibition, it is funding the in-depth research that will involve many people from the local area, making this a true community project."