Buried Battles

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Presentation by Michael Page, Surrey History Centre. Given at the London Museum, Libraries and Archives Group conference April 2007.

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Buried Battles

  1. 1. BURIED BATTLES AND VETERANS’ VOICES AN A4A PROJECT BY SURREY HISTORY CENTRE THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES QUEEN’S ROYAL SURREY REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM
  2. 2. THE QUEEN’S ROYAL SURREY REGIMENT Formed 1959 out of <ul><li>East Surrey Regiment, formerly 31 st (Huntingdonshire) Regiment and 70 th (Surrey) Regiment </li></ul><ul><li>Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey), formerly 2 nd Foot </li></ul>Absorbed into Queen’s Royal Regiment, 1966
  3. 3. 2 nd Battalion, Queen’s, Boer War
  4. 4. 2 nd Battalion, Queen’s, Boer War
  5. 5. War diary of 7 th Battalion, Queen’s, 1 July 1916
  6. 6. 1 st Battalion, East Surreys, advancing at the Somme
  7. 7. 2 nd Battalion, East Surreys, leaving Dublin, 1922
  8. 8. Standing Camp, Ranakhet
  9. 9. View of Himalayas
  10. 10. Italian campaign, 1943
  11. 11. German propaganda to demoralise British troops in Italy, World War II
  12. 12. 1) To 'conserve and enhance our diverse heritage 2) To 'encourage communities to identify, look after and celebrate their heritage‘ 3) To 'increase opportunities for learning about heritage‘ 4) To 'open up heritage resources to the widest possible audiences'. HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDS PRIORITIES
  13. 13. BURIED BATTLES AND VETERANS’ VOICES <ul><li>Detailed catalogue of regimental records to be mounted on A2A website and Surrey History Centre’s website </li></ul><ul><li>23 new interviews with veterans </li></ul><ul><li>25 existing interviews to be converted into digital format </li></ul><ul><li>Web pages containing themed clips from interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibition to tour Surrey libraries and museums after formal end of project. </li></ul>
  14. 14. A4A PRIORITIES 1) Partnership 2) Community and intergenerational involvement 3) Skills sharing 4) Digitisation 5) Enabling contributors to tell their own story
  15. 15. BURIED BATTLES AND VETERANS’ VOICES Archivist’s salary (13 months) £23,650 Recording, editing, web-mounting 48 new and existing interviews £18,000 Exhibition and publicity £1,500 Travel and overheads £2,520 TOTAL GRANT £47,900 (82% of total project costs of £58,736)
  16. 16. Sid Richardson, REME, cataloguing a photograph album
  17. 17. Roy Harding, Queen’s, being interviewed

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