Heritage project for WI

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THE Isle of Ely Federation of Women’s Institutes has been awarded £48,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a three-year project to research its archives, record oral histories and explore museums and villages for evidence of how women helped shape their communities over the last 100 years.

This is a significant timescale because the first Women’s Institute was set up in Britain in 1915 and the organisation will be celebrating its centenary in 2015.

The project needs volunteers – and you don’t have to be a WI member – to search documents, carry out interviews to record people’s memories, make a photographic record of items and sites which shed light on how women lived and worked in the Fens, and help put together an exhibition, webpages and material for schools to use.

An initial meeting is being held at 7.15pm on June 26 at March Community Centre in Station Road, March, for those interested in finding out more about what the project involves.

Contact Rosemary Green if you wish to attend on 01353-661508.