About the project

Home of our Delight is a Heritage Lottery Funded project exploring the impact of the First World War on the village of Mells, Somerset. Starting with the names and inscription on the village war memorial (to which the project title Home of our Delight refers), we are researching the stories of the men remembered, and how their loss was registered and expressed at home through correspondence, diaries, memoirs and a unique collection of commissioned memorials.

Alongside gamekeepers, gardeners and colliery workers from Mells and neighbouring Vobster, these men included Edward, last son and heir of the Horner family and Mells estate, and his brother-in-law Raymond Asquith, son of the World War 1 Prime Minister.

Does this interest you?

We are keen to hear from any local organisations, archives, volunteers and local schools who would like to work with us to investigate and share these stories, and perhaps learn heritage skills and thinking in the process.

How to get involved