Caption: Staff from Historic Scotland and RCAHMS assessing First Word War structures.

The Home Front Legacy 1914-18 is a new volunteer project, which will run throughout the centenary of the First World War. The project’s main aim is to help the public to identify, research and record the physical remains of the First World War.

To this end, the Council for British Archaeology, working with partners such as Historic Scotland and RCAHMS, have created a recording toolkit which people who wish to contribute to the project can use to record sites in their area, whether individually or as part of a community, school or heritage group, and the recording forms can either be completed online, through a computer or smartphone, or downloaded and filled in by hand.

Once submitted, the data provided to the project by volunteers in Scotland will be added into both Canmore, the national collection maintained by RCAHMS, and the Historic Environment Records of the local authorities.

To support volunteers, the project also provides useful guidance on how to plan a project, how to conduct research into a site and the approaches to take when recording sites from the First World War.

Speaking at the launch of the project, Council for British Archaeology President Dan Snow explained the success of the toolkit so far.

“Volunteers using the recording toolkit are mapping the remains of the First World War all over the UK…finding forgotten camps and practice trenches, searching local archives to discover that a local factory was turned over to munitions manufacture or that local buildings were used as drill halls, hospitals or prisoner of war camps.”

Caption: The First World War gun emplacement overlooking Village Bay on St Kilda. Copyright: RCAHMS

This view was echoed by Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

“I welcome the Home Front Legacy campaign as it will increase our understanding of the vital role Scotland’s communities played in the conflict."

"We hope it will also encourage people to engage with the physical heritage from that period that still surround us."

If you are  keen to get involved in the Home Front Legacy project, and make your contribution to our understanding of the war, you can find more information, along with the recording toolkit and guidance, on the project website at: www.homefrontlegacy.org.uk

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