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Embargo: Immediate release Contact: Fiona Cameron
020 7273 1459

New grant helps museums, libraries and archives get behind national Veterans Reunited campaign

Thursday 3 June 2004

A 2 million grant fund will be set up to enable museums, libraries and archives across the country to get involved in Veterans Reunited, a major lottery-funded national campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of the end Second World War.

One of the central strands of the Veterans campaign is Their Past Your Future, a unique project which gives young people the opportunity to learn first-hand from veterans about their experience of the Second World War. The project will centre around a ground-breaking travelling exhibition developed by the Imperial War Museum which will visit sites across the country to give children the opportunity to learn more about the events leading up to the War and speak to the generation who took part.

The 2 million lottery grant is being made available through MLA to enable museums, libraries and archives in England to take part involved in this important project, which will run from February 2005 to February 2006.

MLA Chief Executive Chris Batt said: "Their Past Your Future is such an important project. It will give children of all ages a better understanding of the events leading up to the War and to learn from their grandparents and great grandparents what life was like then. The Imperial War Museum is developing a truly innovative exhibition, and we want as many people as possible across the country to be able to take part.

"Our sector has something very important to bring to the Veterans campaign and we want to encourage all museums, libraries and archives - whatever their size, wherever they are - to register for an application pack to get involved in this project."

There are two ways for museums, libraries and archives to get involved: either by hosting the travelling exhibition (either on site or at an external space), or by adding value with events and activities to support the programme.  Bursaries of between 15,000 and 25,000 will be available.

MLA is asking people to register for an application pack by 23 June 2004 at



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Notes to Editors:

  • For further information please contact Fiona Cameron, Media and Events Manager on 020 7273 1459, or Project Manager Fiona Talbott at
  • Museums, libraries and archives wishing to take part should email  They will receive a username and password which will allow them to register their interest, give details of their proposed events, and receive an application pack.
  • This grant fund is available to museums, libraries and archives in England only. If your organisation is based in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should contact your relevant Country Coordinator:

- Scotland:  Christine Galey, Scottish Museums Council (

- Wales:  Gwyn Jenkins, National Library of Wales (

- Northern Ireland:  Chris Bailey, Northern Ireland Museums Council (

  • Veterans Reunited is funded by the Big Lottery Fund (previously the New Opportunities Fund). Other projects in the campaign include Home Front Recall!, a scheme providing bursaries for street parties, parades and reunions, and Heroes Return which is funding travel costs for Veterans and their widows to visit the countries in which they served.
  • The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is the national development agency for museums, libraries and archives, advising the government on policy and priorities for the sector.  MLA's roles are to provide strategic leadership, to act as a powerful advocate, to develop capacity and to promote innovation and change.
  • Museums, libraries and archives connect people to knowledge and information, creativity and inspiration. MLA is leading the drive to unlock this wealth, for everyone.  For further information visit the MLA website at 

Press Release No.:03/06/04

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