Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FROMWW1 Frontline to Online

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

FROMWW1 Frontline to Online

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Hugh Macknight Content Editor jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk AMATEUR historians can now add their research to a website that maps the impact of the First World War on people across the North East.

The Durham at War website (www.durhamatwar.org.uk) gives the public online access to thousands of original documents, objects and fascinating real-life stories.

Now members of the public can upload their own images and documents to the site by using new log-in facilities.

Gill Parkes, principal archivist at Durham County Record Office, which runs the site, said: "We've already managed to tell many gripping, intriguing and moving stories on the website thanks to our fantastic team of volunteers.

"However, we know that lots of people are carrying out their own research into friends or family members who served during the First World War and had links to the county.

"We would love them to share their stories with us and visitors to Durham at War by making them available through the website.

"Creating an account and uploading content to the website involves just a few simple steps, which anyone can master."

So far, almost 4,000 stories have been uploaded to the website, with 500 more supporting items also now online.

Much of the content has been collated and uploaded by volunteers like George and Sue Muirhead of Chester-le-Street.

The pair, who are both retired, have been involved with the site for almost a year. George has been researching concrete ships built on the River Wear in Sunderland at the end of the war, while Sue has been concentrating on County Durham women who served in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

"I've always been interested in local history and have been coming to the record office for a couple years," George said. "I already knew about some of the personalities around in the county during the First World War from my own research so when someone suggested I should think about working on the Durham at War site I knew it would be easy to transfer my knowledge. …

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