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CWGC receives funding to enhance visitor experience on former Western Front

04 July 2016

George Osborne confirmed that the CWGC will receive £1.3 million to build a visitor centre near Arras in Northern France, close to the site of several First World War battlefields. The centre will allow visitors to learn about the battlefields, get support in planning their visits and see the CWGC's skilled craftsmen at work maintaining Britain's military cemeteries.

The funding announced on July 1 will also allow the CWGC to train student guides to lead tours of the Somme and Ypres battlefields. This follows a hugely successful Canadian scheme, and would ensure visitors get a full understanding of the sacrifices made by British soldiers for their country and also engage younger generations with the War. The students will also help ensure the huge wealth of stories from First World War battles are available online for relatives and the public.

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