- To Commemorate- As 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War the project aims to commemorate the sacrifices and bravery of those on the frontline and at home in Hertfordshire. The website will act as a virtual record of the county’s story to be maintained for posterity. A key aspect of the project will also be the raising of funds for a new memorial in the Belgian village of St. Julien to mark the most costly day in the Hertfordshire Regiment’s history.
- To Educate- As the team is made up largely of heritage workers, professional historians and teachers the founding principle of the project was always to uncover and tell Hertfordshire’s forgotten story. The website, pop-up museum and bespoke battlefield trips aim to give the public new insight into the county’s history. Herts at War will also run workshops with local schools and provide teaching resources which will be freely available for download from the website.
- To Interact- Our aim is not simply to impart knowledge, but to involve the countywide community in the project. We want the county’s input in providing new stories and driving the direction of our research. We also want their involvement in the pop-museum, writing articles for the website and live events; such as an initiative where local schools will put on plays written and performed by Hertfordshire residents during the war.