66 men of Grandpont 1914-18

Grandpontsoldiers, 1915, courtesy of Jim Tallett

66 Men of Grandpont 1914-18

Sixty-six men are named on the First World War memorial in St Matthew’s church in Grandpont in south Oxford. In 2015 a team of local volunteers set out to learn more about these men, the neighbourhood they left behind, and the impact of the First World War on this one small Victorian suburb. The result is an innovative community history project which has uncovered some surprises, involved hundreds of people and captured the imaginations of those far beyond the local area. This talk explores some of the 66 men’s lives and explains how the project provides a model for other local groups who are thinking of carrying out similar work. Excerpts from an award-winning documentary film, made as part of the project, will be shown.

“Thank you for a wonderful talk on Monday. I found it absolutely fascinating and I am certain others did too, as demonstrated by the number of questions asked at the end.”  Christopher Fance, Oxfordshire Family History Society, September 2018

“Thank you so much for informing us and moving us with your great presentation. The audience really appreciated every word of it.” Brenda Stones, Writers in Oxford, June 2016

For more information on the 66 Men of Grandpont visit the project website.

Contact me on 01865 242760 or liz@lizwoolley.co.uk to book this talk.

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