NEW light could be shed on shipwrecks from the First World War along the Hampshire coast thanks to a funding boost.

The Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archeology, which aims to find out more about wrecks that lie off the south coast, has been given £44,800 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Trust said the money would go towards a volunteer-focused bid to collect and understand information from wrecks.

There are an estimated 250 wrecks lying on the sea bed in this region and the trust also wish to promote their contribution to the war effort.

Following the grant, the project still has two years to submit its full proposal.