For both young and old, the power of legacy projects enables us to live fully in the present. You understand that you are part of a larger community, a community that must remember its history to build its future.
Since our formation, in 2009, the Ancre Somme Association has been involved with, and been the lead partner, in various Legacy Projects. Each of these projects has enabled our communities to have a better understanding regarding the First World War. The projects have benefited a wide range of people. In particular, these projects have focused on young people. Giving them not just an understanding of their heritage but also giving them the opportunity to play an active role within projects and commemorations.
One such legacy project would be the DVD we produced in 2016 as we commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The aim of this project was to produce a number of films, for different audiences, by looking into the past through the perspective of citizens today and reflecting on how this historic event continues to impact our future. It was not just enough to produce these films we felt that the producation had to include our young people. This being the case the young people were involved in the planning, filming and editing of this project.
With a history as rich as ours in the United Kingdom we are continually exploring various avenues that may result in an interesting legacy project.
The sad reality is that as each day passes we are losing part of our history. People will have passed on and thier stories have not been documented. Pictures will have faded and the memories are lost forever.
It is our opinion that we would be failing future generations if these historical facts and artifacts were not preserved in print or in a digital format.
If you have an idea that you think we should explore please do not hesitate to contact us.
Alternatively if you feel that you would like to get involved in the Association or have material that may be of interest to the Association please contact us here.
Our legacy is determined by the actions we take today. Together we can help ensure that our history lives on through our children.
What are Legacy Projects?
Legacy projects are about life and living. They are about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. Research shows that without a sense of working to create a legacy we lose meaning in our life.
Taking it from a purely practical standpoint, if you don't pass on your life experience by leaving a legacy, the wisdom you've gained through decades of difficult learning will disappear as your physical body wears out.