Exploring the Home Front Legacy of the First World War
The team behind the Council for British Archaeology Home Front Legacy project teamed up with the Sheffield YAC and Archaeosoup to produce a series of six training videos. The videos show you how to get involved with the Home Front Legacy 1914-18 project and help you learn about archaeological field recording.
During filming, our team of YACs investigated and learned about the Home Front in their local area and also got to investigate remaining First World War sites; many of which they didn't know existed. The team were also able to record three more sites for the Home Front Legacy 'Map of Sites', using the HFL Recording App.
We asked our film star YAC members Megan, Emma and Josh about their experiences from the filming project. They told us what they learned and what they enjoyed:
What did you learn about the Home Front in your local area?
Emma: "I learned quite a lot about the home front, like that Sheffield got bombed by Zeppelins in the First World War."
Megan: "I didn’t know that there was a hospital from the First World War in Sheffield!"
What did you enjoy most about the filming?
"We decided what we were going to do in each video and what each video was about. When we made the videos it was really cool. We went to lots of different places to do the filming." Megan
"What was also cool was the fact that part of the filming was done in a First World War training camp accommodation hut." Emma
"I enjoyed doing the filming because we got to see the sites that we were filming about." Josh
Why is it important for other YAC groups and young people to get involved in Home Front Legacy?
Josh: "It is very important to preserve historic buildings to learn about our past because if we don’t clues about the past will be lost."
Emma: "I think that it is important for other young people to record sites on the Home Front Legacy app because otherwise people might not know that sites exist and are there. The Redmires training camp accommodation hut just looked like a really old wooden shed, and people might not have known it was important."
Megan: "I think that it is important for other young people to use the Home Front Legacy app because it is 100 years since the War and the evidence left behind is not going to be around forever."
We Need You!
You can explore the First World War Home Front and get involved with Home Front Legacy 1914-18 at the Home Front Legacy Explorers' Headquarters here on the YAC website. Take a look and see what you can discover!
And don't forget to check out the Sheffield YACs videos ... you can watch the first one at the bottom of this page, or visit YouTube to watch all six of the films as a 'box set'!
Home Front Legacy and Archaeosoup would like to thank Emma, Megan and Josh for their amazing work during this project.