Exploring Geordies at War; Project Looks at Military History

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Exploring Geordies at War; Project Looks at Military History


Byline: Tony Henderson

SIXTY young people are to explore the impact of war over the centuries on the North East and its communities.

Newcastle-based Lookwide, the development arm of the Northumberland County Scout Council, has received pounds 37,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the Geordie at War project.

It will examine the military history of the North East and how conflicts have left their mark on the society and culture of the region.

Volunteers, mainly from Northumberland and Newcastle, will take part in the 18-month venture.

David McKenzie, chief executive Northumberland County Scouts - Lookwide UK, said that areas which the project will investigate will include how wars brought North East communities together.

He said: "This is an excellent opportunity to involve young people with limited experience of conflict in a project which turns history from a school subject to living reality through a close examination of how events affect real people in real situations.

"Heritage projects can really help people's development."

The volunteers will find out how make-do-and-mend and cooking skills eked out supplies and they will be put on wartime rations for a few days to experience how the restrictions felt. They will also have a residential stay which will replicate wartime conditions.

Another aspect for investigation will be how wars and returning soldiers introduced new words into the language.

Recording the wartime memories of older people is also aimed at bridging the gap between generations.

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