Welcome to the official blog of Swindon in the Great War, an organisation of volunteers who have got together to ensure our town marks the centenary of the war in way that is appropriate for our proud history.
We are organising our own events and activities, but we also want to help others in the town by being something of an umbrella organisation for anyone else getting involved in the centenary.
Although we have a committee and hold formal meetings, we are keen for projects NOT to be hampered by red tape. In short, Swindon in the Great War is about doing.
We think it is important that Swindon recognises, respects and honours the men who fought – and in some cases died – for us, along with all those other people who did their bit for the war effort , both behind the front line and back home. The town had key roles to play in the conflict, and its sons played a part in almost every theatre of the war, and while we want to ensure their efforts are remembered, Swindon in the Great War also aims to make everyone – and especially schoolchildren – aware of the causes and consequences too, so that they understand the full legacy our forebears left us.
Swindon in the Great War was initiated by Swindon Heritage, itself a not-for-profit social enterprise, but was conceived as a community project that will involve the whole town and, indeed, our near neighbours such as Chiseldon, Wroughton, Highworth and beyond.