Snowgoose Writers’ Community were one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘All Our Stories grant’ for Unheard Voices – the Civilian Experience of the First World War in Yorkshire. The project is based around Leeds and West Yorkshire and participants in the project have researched, explored and given creative expression to the untold, lesser known stories from the First World War – those of the civilians.
As part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War Snowgoose Writers’ Community have used archival material from the era to discover and learn about the lives of the men, women and children on the Yorkshire home front; their day to day realities and privations, their personal thoughts and experiences. Research findings have formed the basis for creative writings in the form of a series of dramatic monologues telling the stories uncovered. This project has given the local community an opportunity to participate in the creation of a resource for their own region, to tell Yorkshire stories to Yorkshire audiences and beyond. To make a direct, first hand connection with their own history by uncovering and deciding on the stories and experiences they determine should be told and preserved for future generations.
The Unheard Voices website contains a series of films created by the community based on research conducted alongside members of the Legacies of War team.