Remembrance walks at Belton House to tell story

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A Grantham storyteller is helping today’s youngsters share tales of the Machine Gun Corps training camp, based at Belton during the First World War.

‘Lest We Forget Belton’s Bravest’ is a Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots project that has seen budding young historians and archaeologists volunteering their time throughout 2015 to find out more about the legacy of the Machine Gun Corps.

Julia Damassa of Storyshapes EMN-151028-123254001

Julia Damassa of Storyshapes EMN-151028-123254001

Following an archaeological dig over the summer, this November the youngsters will be leading their own Remembrance Walks, inspired by research into accounts and photographs from the camp.

Helping them put together their remembrance pieces for the walks, is local author and storyteller, Julia Damassa.

“Being part of Belton’s Youth Engagement Project as a storyteller and creative writer has been a profoundly moving experience,” she said. “Helping the young people to shape and share their story of the 1915 Machine Gun Corps and 2015 archaeological dig for the Remembrance Walks is immensely rewarding.

“We are commemorating a part of our history that is special and specific to Belton, while also celebrating this unique and powerful project for young people.

“Remembrance is a collective experience that we may all share in equally, together. I hope that visitors over the weekends will join me to participate in writing and reading aloud our own words of Remembrance.”

The free walks will take place throughout November at the weekend. With a walk at 10.30am to noon and another walk at 1pm to 2.30pm. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to book a place on one of the walks please telephone 01476 566116.