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The First World War and Nidderdale AONB
Photo courtesy of Nidderdale Museum: Peacetime celebrations in Pateley Bridge

2014 marked 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.  ‘Leeds Pals, POWs and the Home Front’ is Nidderdale AONB’s three year Heritage Lottery funded First World War Centenary Project running until 2016.  

The project will focus on the impact of the war on the landscape and communities of Nidderdale and the story of the Leeds Pals, who were trained in the area. 

A programme of events and volunteer-based activities are being developed for people in both Leeds and Nidderdale AONB, to coincide with a global programme of centenary events and commemoration.  

Short story competition news

We had a wonderful response to our short story competition with 135 entries from children aged between 7 and 16, which just shows how enthusiasm and imagination can come alive even with a difficult subject such as the First World War.

At a special award ceremony held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 14th November, six lucky winners were awarded certificates and heard their pieces read out by the judges Dan Ingram-Brown and Susan Burnett.

Click here for  the winning entries and we hope you will enjoy reading them as much as we did. Well done to all who entered!

See our Facebook page for photographs of the day.

More information: If you would like to find out more about the project please email

Images: bottom right courtesy of Nidderdale Museum Society.



Photo: German prisoners of war at Colsterdale
Photo: Moorland safari event
Photo: WW1 project volunteers
Photo courtesy of Nidderdale Museum: Procession in Pateley Bridge
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