National Trust receives £24,900 from the Lottery for First World War Belton House project

Machine Gun Corps soldiers relax in YMCA No.2 Hut, Belton Camp. Photo: National Trust/Belton House
Machine Gun Corps soldiers relax in YMCA No.2 Hut, Belton Camp. Photo: National Trust/Belton House
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Young volunteers will take part in a ‘Forgotten Gunners’ project at Belton House after the National Trust received £24,900 in Lottery money.

The money comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new project called ‘Re-discovering Belton’s Forgotten Gunners’.

Machine Gun Corps logo

Machine Gun Corps logo

Working in partnership with Grantham Explorer Scouts, the project will be led by volunteers from the local community aged between 14 and 24 and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Machine Gun Corps at Belton.

Young people will be working with archaeologists and storytellers throughout 2015 to discover more about the Machine Gun Corps training camp within the grounds of Belton House and the men who trained there. These volunteers will develop skills in archaeology, leading investigations into this nationally significant First World War archaeological site, and different ways in which the soldiers’ stories can be told.

Learning Manager Melissa Maynard said: “We are really excited to be able to work with our local Explorer Scouts and the HLF on such an important project as part of our centenary commemorations for the young men who trained in the Machine Gun Corps during the First World War in Belton’s parkland.”

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “This centenary is a chance to uncover the stories of the First World War and understand their impact on us today. The presence of such a large military training camp so close to Grantham had a big effect on the town during war-time and it’s great to see young people exploring what life was like at the camp for people of a similar age, 100 years ago.”