The county council’s website dedicated to the First World War has launched a new photographic feature that aims to bring the past to life and is urging people to submit pictures showing life in the county during the conflict.
East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) First World War website’s new feature shows photographs taken in the county throughout the duration of the war (1914-1919), overlaying a modern image taken from the same perspective.
The merged images, created by Kieron Pelling of Hastings-based Compelling Photography, will be part of an ongoing series on the website and depict scenes from Hastings and St Leonards.
However, the council is also asking people to submit photographs from around East Sussex which show how the area was affected by the war.
Cllr Keith Glazier, county council leader, said pictures should be those taken between 1914 and 1919, if possible, and should include a feature which is still present today, such as a building, road or landmark.
He said: “When people think of the First World War, thoughts usually turn to the battles which raged in the fields of Flanders.
“What these photographs really convey is how the war was something which directly affected East Sussex and the country as a whole, and was an everyday presence in people’s lives.
“By combining the past and the present, the pictures bring home in vivid fashion the momentous events which took place on the streets we walk down today.”
The first batch of pictures on the website show a range of memorable scenes from around the local area which cannot fail to make residents see their surroundings in a whole new light. These include troops marching to war through the streets of Hastings, RAF cadets outside their lodgings, and men and officers of the St John Ambulance Brigade outside their headquarters.
The picture shown above shows the 2nd Home Counties Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery on their way to war, marching along the A259 at White Rock, Hastings, past what is now the Pig In Paradise pub.
All the pictures featured in the project can be seen on the website at: www.eastsussexww1.org.uk.
People who would like to submit images can do so by sending them via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, writing to Chris Kempshall, East Sussex County Council, County Hall, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1UE.
Images submitted electronically should be in jpeg format with a resolution of at least 300dpi to ensure it can be viewed clearly on the website.