Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Website Will Plot City's Input into the First World War

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Website Will Plot City's Input into the First World War

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Byline: Tony Henderson Reporter

ANEW website is to map the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Durham County Council PS475,100 to develop the interactive website, Durham at War.

It will feature the diaries and papers of Durham Light Infantry Brigadier General Hubert Morant, of The Hermitage near Hexham, whose contents were auctioned last year.

The project will link the archives, objects and sites that survive today and uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago.

It will also map the centenary commemorative events and projects taking place in each locality.

The Durham at War website launch is planned for September and the project runs to the end of 2018.

Neil Foster, Durham County Council's cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: "Everyone with a family connection or interest in County Durham will be able to use this website to ensure that the wartime experiences of its citizens 100 years ago are discovered, shared and remembered."

The website will give online public access to archive, museum and archaeology collections relating to the combined geographical area of County Durham as it was in 1914 - 1918 and as it is today. Volunteers will be able to contribute to the website online.

The council' Record Office, Durham Light Infantry Museum and Archaeology Service are leading a major volunteer programme over the next four and a half years to coincide with the First World War centenary commemoration.

There will be many opportunities to participate and to explore heritage collections in depth.

A combination of training sessions, workshops and themed research modules will help people to investigate new sources and make new connections between objects, records and the landscape around them. …

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