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Town Council awarded 10 silhouettes from The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. 
Barnstaple Town Council are pleased to announce they will be taking part in the ‘There But Not There’ project. The Town Council’s Heritage committee was approached by Harriet, a resident of Barnstaple. Harriet came to a Heritage meeting and told the committee about how she envisioned a project where the Town Council and local heritage institutions such as the North Devon Museum and The North Devon Athenaeum. Work alongside local schools to research people, not just soldiers, but all different people affected by WWI, and give the silhouettes from the ‘There But Not There’ project an identity. Having the Town Councils involvement meant the project would be eligible for grant funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. They would give up to 10 silhouettes for free, to a community project that would bring the Armed Forces and the local community together to remember the sacrifices of WWI. 
“There But Not There aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.” (https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/there-but-not-there/ ) 
We are excited to announce we were successful and will soon be in possession of 10 silhouettes. Both Park Community School and Pilton Community College have, with the help of North Devon Museum and The North Devon Athenaeum, been researching some amazing people and their stories which will be placed on the silhouettes. The ten silhouettes will then become Barnstaple’s Remembrance Trail. People will be able to follow a map around Barnstaple, to find each of the ten silhouettes and read about the people who made such huge sacrifices during WWI. 
The Trail will be launched at the Children’s Remembrance Service on Friday 9th November and will take place during the entire Remembrance weekend. Maps will be available to download from the Town Council’s website and will be in various locations around the Town. Check the Town Council’s Facebook page for regular updates on how the project is progressing. 
For more information or if you have any questions relating to the project please contact Megan Sanders, Heritage and Cultural Manager for Barnstaple Town Council on [email protected]
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