Tameside Armed Services Community is actively involved with a number of projects aimed at preserving the local history of our armed forces, educating schools, individuals and community groups about the sacrifices of the armed services community, past and present and engaging with community groups to involve them actively in the contributing towards the completion of the project. One of these projects is Lest We Forget.
Lest We Forget aims to centralise all available information on war memorials within Tameside into one website, to better honour, explain, interpret and record for future generations. According to the War Memorials Register there are over 200 war memorials in the Borough of Tameside. Therefore, due to the size and scope of the project, help from the community will be needed. Using volunteers drawn from both the ex-service community and also the local community to research and build upon pre-existing research done by local history groups, Lest We Forget aims to honour all of our war fallen while creating an invaluable historical reference resource which will benefit all wishing to know more about their fallen relatives.
Aside from the visible benefits to local history, education and culture. Lest We Forget embodies the Armed Forces Covenant as it gives both the local community and the armed forces community a chance to work together in preserving the history and memory of our war fallen.
Hand in hand with this project, TASC will offer schools a chance to become involved in Lest We Forget through various types of school visits and sessions which are available. These opportunities include: a visit from an artist to deliver a drama session based around the themes of Lest We Forget, a visit from a veteran to talk about their time in the armed forces, a session delivered by the War Memorial Trust Learning Officer, a visit to Portland Basin Museum or the Local Studies Centre for a workshop or activity around remembrance, a chance to loan one of the First World War or Remembrance Museum in a Boxes from Portland Basin Museum and finally nine primary schools, one for each town within Tameside, will be selected to to begin ‘A Local Hero’ themed Arts Award Discover. For more updates on projects like Lest We Forget, or to help in the research and delivery of this project, please visit here: