North East Railways in World War One

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Heritage Lottery Fund awards £42,300 to Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum to mark First World War Centenary

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Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum has received £42,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, North Eastern Railways in World War One, in Darlington. The project will focus on the contribution of railway workers in the North East during the First World War.

To find out more about the project and how you could get involved, come see us at one of the following events:

  • Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 of March at the Tanfield Railway Great War Weekend.

The project will enable local people in Darlington to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the North Eastern Railway workers who served or helped with the war effort.  Volunteers will work with Museum staff to collate information from the museum collections to create an online database of individuals. This will be useful for family and railway historians, as well as schools. Volunteers will be trained to carry out research and enter information into the online database. There will be lots of opportunities for the public to find out more about the project in a series of events around Darlington. Special activities and loans boxes will be developed for schools to broaden understanding and help students to learn new skills.

The archival documents containing the information will be conserved and digitised to preserve them for future generations. The digital copies will reduce the need to handle the originals.

Commenting on the award, Councillor Nick Wallis, Portfolio holder for Culture, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and this is a fitting way for Darlington to commemorate the contribution railway workers made during the First World War.”

The head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £45million in projects – large and small - that are marking this Centenary. We are committed to helping communities, like those involved in the North Eastern Railways in World War One  project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

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