Present Location Uncertain

15th February 2017

A Community Project based on the World War 1 letters of Nottingham soldier, Harold Priestley has been successful in its bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.  £17,500 of National Lottery players’ money has been awarded to The Vine Community Centre, Bobbers Mill Road in Hyson Green in association with St Stephen’s Church and IntoUniversity .The Project will vividly recall the life of local soldier Harold Priestley, who fought on The Western Front, and his family and the community during the period 1914-18. Cheryl Hemmings, manager at the Vine, said ‘We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant.  The community now has a unique opportunity to preserve an invaluable piece of heritage’.The project will conserve and digitise 88 letters plus postcards and photographs in the possession of David Priestley, Harold’s grandson.


The digitised collection will be deposited with the Vine and at Local Studies in Nottingham’s Central Library.  Jonathan Platt, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. Thanks to National Lottery players the Heritage Lottery Fund has already been able to invest more than £83 million in more than 1,640 projects – large and small – that are marking this global Centenary.


With this funding we are enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘Present Location Uncertain’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world. The title of the project is taken from the words stamped on letters returned to Eva, Harold’s wife, from the Western Front in 1918, when Harold could not be found after fighting on the Front line.  He had fallen in battle near Arras.The moving account of Harold and the family’s struggles during WW1 will be turned into a community theatre production by Sarah Stephenson.The Project will engage volunteers and researchers in discovering how war affects the lives of both the soldiers fighting abroad but also their wives, children and friends….and their  local community.  There will be drama and historical workshops that will offer creative opportunities to get involved.


The Project will be filmed by Richard Swainson Productions.

LAUNCH:   22nd February 2017 5.45pm at The Vine, Bobbers Mill Road, Hyson Green NG7 5GZ   Councillor Mohammed Jackie Morris will launch the project and this will be followed by light refreshments and a tour of the Church where Harold’s name is recorded in the Book of Remembrance.

11th and 12th April 2017

Two Drama Workshops were held on the 11th and 12th of April 2017 to encourage young people from the area to get involved in the production of this drama.

13th April 2017

Auditions were held on the 13th of April for the present location drama, at the Vine Community Centre.

9th May 2017

Angel Row History Forum

A forum was held on the 9th of May 2017 at the local studies library in Angel Row,to discuss the collection of letters Harold Priestly had written to his wife during WW1.


The first Performance of Present location Uncertain was held on Wednesday the 19th of July at 11 am at Djanogly Academy. The second performance was on the 28th of July 2017 at the Vine Community Centre.

Below are photos of the ticket and program for the performances.

Here are some photos taken by Julian Hughes

Performance reviews

Below are links to two reviews of the performances

Left Lion Review
Kev Castle Threatre Reviews

11th November 2017

End Of project Event

On the 11th November 2017 the end of the project event was held a Nottingham Library. The event was attended by the Sheriff of Nottingham and volunteers of the project were awarded certificates for their involvement. The digitised copies of the letters and a movie were also given to the Local Studies and the Vine Community Centre.

The video below is a snippet from the film that Richard Swainson Productions made. For more info on the video and how to access it please contact Richard Swainson Productions.


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