Westminster City Council’s Archives Centre has received £82,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project titled “Saving Samuel Godley”, led by the Archives Centre in partnership with the Household Cavalry Museum, National Army Museum, Cartoon Museum, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Digital Works and Barrow Hill School.
A series of creative workshops and visits to local museums with three local schools will explore the story of Samuel Godley, who served in the 2nd Regiment of Life Guards and was recognised for his heroism at the Battle of Waterloo. It will culminate in the restoration of his fallen tombstone at St. John’s Wood Burial Ground, and the installation of an information board depicting narrative and artwork created with local school children.
Education sessions and community talks will consider the Napoleonic Wars using satirical drawings and cartoons, exploring the relationship of Britain with the continent and the extravagances of the Regency period.
Talks will be given at the Westminster Libraries and Archives and a learning portal for teachers and students will be created online in the coming months. By raising the prominence of this personal tale of a faceless soldier, the project aims to foster pride in the local community and introduce school children to the interesting historical collections in their area. Godley joined the Chelsea Pensioners after the war, worked at the historic Baker Street Bazaar and died in Marylebone.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, said: “We are delighted to receive this Heritage Lottery Fund award which will enable us to open up the life of Samuel Godley to a new generation through an exciting programme of engagement activities.”