Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace, the large-scale community project celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Greenham Trust, has received £47,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which has made it possible to programme a series of fascinating talks and walks linked to the history of Greenham Common. The walks, talks, exhibitions and events, including the outdoor event planned for the 8 and 9 September on Greenham Common, will gather memories of the history of the Common and dramatic moments of war and peace from living history and beyond, and bring them to life for a younger audience. The HLF funding will also support costume interpretation of earlier periods of war and peace and an exhibition in West Berkshire Museum opening on 27 September which will display the unique heritage of Greenham Common.
Among the talks planned is a series of four that will take place in the Corn Exchange, Newbury, Shaw House and the Royal British Legion, Newbury. They will cover a variety of topics including the politics, history, memories and the people whose lives were transformed by events on the Common. BBC Radio Berkshire presenters, Andrew Peach and Bill Buckley, and BBC Oxford presenter Cathy Alexander will host the talks, with extracts broadcast by BBC Radio Berkshire.
Performers will guide you through the Decontamination Suite at Greenham Common which formed part of the United States Air Force Cold War former Wing Headquarters Building. Free tours will take place on 8 and 9 September. Advanced booking will be necessary. Details of all the events and how to book are available at www.greenhamtrust.com. World War One and Civil War costumed interpretation will also take place on Greenham Common as part of the outdoor theatrical event in early September.
HLF funds are also enabling media training workshops for volunteers aged 18 to 25. Training will be delivered by Fete Day and Rosa Productions in partnership with BBC Radio Berkshire and will teach budding broadcasters radio and media skills to help gather, record and share memories of Greenham Common that will emerge from staging the main event.
Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust, says:
‘We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to dig deep into the history of Greenham Common and ensure that the memories and stories of this extraordinary place, its natural environment and its military history are captured as part of our celebration. The story of the Common is a rich and fascinating and we want as many people as possible to get involved and learn more about its significance locally, in the UK and world-wide. We also want people to explore and enjoy the Common as it is now – a haven for wildlife.’
Greenham: 100 Years of War and Peace celebrates 20 years of Greenham Trust who have given over £40 million to local good causes.