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UK charity seeks out British Korean War veterans for international education film project

 

The Legasee Educational Trust Links up with the Korean War Legacy Foundation for Educational Project Covering Three Continents

The Legasee Educational Trust is looking for Korean War Veterans from across the UK to come forward and share their experiences of the often forgotten conflict for a major new oral history project that will see British contributors added to the Korean War Legacy Foundation’s international digital memorial archive.

The New York-based Korean War Legacy Foundation, Inc. (KWLF) has sponsored the Legasee Educational Trust to film the oral accounts of British Korean War Veterans for their digital memorial, which hosts around 800 in-depth interviews with Korean War vets and 6,000 historical artefacts related to the conflict (http://kwvdm.org).

The British Veterans’ oral histories will complement the existing archive, which is used for educational projects including providing digital teaching materials, hosting annual teacher conferences and running educational trips to Korea.

The project follows the success last year of the Legasee Educational Trust’s ‘Korea – The Forgotten War’ project, which collected the personal testimonies of 50 veterans from the North West of England for a digital archive that formed an invaluable insight into first-hand experiences of the war.  This was accompanied by a local schools project, teaching resources and an exhibition at the Tameside Local Studies and Archive Centre.

Jongwoo Han, President of the Korean War Legacy Foundation said: “We are very excited at the prospect of receiving the stories of Korean War Veterans from Great Britain, the second largest force to fight in the Korean War.  The stories will be a great boost to our archive and help to bring together educators and teaches from three countries – the Republic of Korea, the UK and the USA.”

Legasee Trustee Martin Bisiker said:  “We are extremely keen to record the personal stories of British veterans who were involved in a war that is too often forgotten for this very special project.  We know there must be lots of people out there with stories to tell and we are very keen to hear from them. If you know of anyone who was involved in the conflict then please encourage them to step forward so their voices can be heard for future generations across the world to discover and learn from”.

If you know of anybody who served in the Korean War and has a story to tell, please contact the Legasee Educational Trust at martin@legasee.org.uk.  Filming is expected to commence from June 2017.

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Notes to Editors:

About Legasee Educational Trust
Legasee Educational Trust is a charity set up to record the experiences and observations of all veterans of conflict from WWII until present day. ‘To create the largest online film archive of this aspect of our social history that can be used for education, learning and better understanding for today’s generation and many generations to come’.  Legasee’s film archive is well regarded and used to support educational projects, museums and publications in the UK and Europe.

About Korean War Legacy Foundation, Inc. (KWLF)
Korean War Legacy Foundation was established to keep the legacy of the Korean War and honourable services and sacrifice of Korean War Veterans in by::

  • Creating a permanent and efficient method of recording the memories and experiences of Korean War veterans
  • Educating future generations about the sacrifices made by KWVs and to pass down lessons learned from the Korean War
  • Emphasising the importance of mutual relationship between Republic of Korea and 21 participating countries in the Korean War
  • Recognising and promoting Korea’s unprecedented accomplishment of a simultaneous achievement of rapid economic development and democratisation in a short period of time after the Korean War
  • Achieving the goal of reunification of the Korean Peninsula through the peace founded by replacing the Armistice a peace treaty
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