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Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust’s (APPCT) First World War commemorative learning programme has received £59,400 in financial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The project will reveal to schools across the Borough of Haringey the little known story of the People’s Palace’s First World War history first as an encampment for displaced Belgian refugees and later as a German and Austrian internment camp.

Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive for Alexandra Palace said: “I am thrilled that this project has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and we can now start planning its launch in 2014 – at the beginning of this Centenary year.

“What is so important about this project is that it helps us tell the story of the First World War on the Home Front, a story which is often overlooked.

“The learning programme will demonstrate the profound impact the thousands of refugees and prisoners at Alexandra Palace during that time had on the local community. Their story will be brought to life using an archive of contemporary paintings of internees in the Park and Palace, documents, photographs and artefacts. As a story of the consequences of war, it has great resonance and impact today”

To deliver this project which will support the national curriculum’s history and proposed Centenary subjects, Alexandra Palace will work with a range of cultural partners including Middlesex University, the Imperial War Museum and Bruce Castle.

Middlesex University’s partnership in the project will see their Media department develop a short film that will that will tell the story of the internees imprisoned at Alexandra Palace at the time using paintings, original photographs and footage, the words of the prisoners themselves from memoirs and letters, and specially shot scenes.

They will also create a digital App for smart phone users that will visually tell the story of Alexandra Palace’s role in the First World War.

The App will take pupils and visitors back in time at a number of the Park and Palace’s historically significant areas and will visually display what internees did in these locations using digital imagery and descriptions.

Sue Bowers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London said: “The First World War changed the face of modern history touching the lives of everyone in this country and beyond. HLF has committed to funding a variety of projects, from organisations large and small that will create a deeper understanding of the heritage of the conflict.

“Some of these will capture the memories of individual soldiers, regiments or families; some will restore local war memorials, whilst others like this project based at London’s historic Alexandra Palace will uncover stories about life on the Home Front.

“We have already supported over £28m of projects from across the United Kingdom and will continue to support as many applications as we can afford that want to commemorate the centenary.”

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