Dartmoor in the First World War

Life in the First World War

From 2014 to 2018 The Dartmoor Trust will be working with other county and national organisations to commemorate the part played by Dartmoor and its people during the First World War. It is hoped to not only source and add to the Archive photographs relating to that conflict but also to research further information regarding individuals who joined the military and those who contributed on the Home Front, especially the women whose part in the conflict is often overlooked. To this end, in 2015, The Trust opened an exhibition at the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown, providing the community, visitors and schoolchildren a glimpse of Dartmoor during the period 1914-18.

A key factor in CAHG’s selection of the Dartmoor Life in the First World War was the supportive involvement of Dartmoor’s local history groups and museums. The Heritage Lottery Fund provided
financial support as did the Dartmoor National Park Authority who also made available the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown where 50,000 visitors saw the exhibition. Of particular importance was the support given by the Project to the National Park Management Plan objective of encouraging young people to appreciate, care and become involved with Dartmoor’s heritage.

Such was the success of the exhibition and associated educational material that in July 2016 The Community Archive and Heritage Group (CAHG) announced The Dartmoor Trust’s Dartmoor ‘Life in the First World War’ as the overall 2016 winner at its annual ‘Awards for Excellence’ Conference. The Trust was also winner in the ‘Most Inspirational’ category. The Exhibition will be reprised from 2pm Thursday 18 to 1700 Wednesday 24 August at the National Park Visitor Centre, Princetown.