Elmswell History Group has received £5,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ‘lost aerodrome’ project.
Awarded through the HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on telling the story of a Royal Flying Corps (RFC) aerodrome in Elmswell, established at the height of the Zeppelin raids on Britain.
It will enable people in Elmswell and the surrounding villages to work together to preserve the memories and heritage of the servicemen and women who lived, worked and, in some cases, died in Elmswell during the war.
Volunteers will assemble information, photographs, maps and documents to illustrate the activities of 75 (HD) Squadron RFC (later Royal Air Force) headquartered at Elmswell aerodrome and will embark upon a series of illustrated talks, accompanied by a travelling exhibition, to share the story of men and women who came together to defend the skies over England.
They will also seek to trace descendants of the squadron personnel to share their findings and, if possible, to study and record anything which may assist with preserving this unique heritage.
Their research material will be put in a publicly accessible archive at the end of the project.
Tony Chaplin, chairman of Elmswell History Group, said: “This will allow our members to share their fascinating research with communities across Suffolk, and preserve this remarkable local heritage for future generations.”