The Great War, Life in ‘The Bath’ – Aim of the Project
Our aim is to identify, capture, record and share the largely forgotten heritage and history of this unique inland resort during the Great War. The project involves residents, businesses and visitors carrying out and sharing anything they have or can research about life in the village leading up to, during the years 1914 – 18 and shortly thereafter. This could be through family ‘archives’ and mementoes, information on property or land, recollections and oral history, transportation into and around the village, changes in the village during these years.
These are just some ideas but there are no rules, no definitive list, we just want as many as possible to be involved, giving what they can and researching in the areas in which they have an interest. Support and training is available for those who wish to take advantage of it.
As well as exhibitions in both the Grand Pavilion Pump Room and around the village and the vintage newsletters and short articles in the quarterly Parish newsletter, there is this dedicated section on the website where the material contributed can be accessed and shared. This will be developed and enlarged as the project develops and, as with all our work, would welcome suggestions and improvements.
Because of Matlock Bath’s unique place in social history, we feel that this project has a potential to affect and benefit an extremely wide audience, involve and engage more people in the heritage of Matlock Bath and develop and build an exciting and informative archive for future generations to use and enjoy. Click on the icons to see more information.