Boost for project examining WWI

Pupils from Whitehouse Primary School painting shop fronts as part of the First World War food project.
Pupils from Whitehouse Primary School painting shop fronts as part of the First World War food project.

A project looking at life during the First World War has received a cash boost.

YMCA North Tyneside has organised a project looking at food production and the effect on people’s lives during the war.

And it has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help organise workshops for young people to explore how food changed during the war.

They will look at why some food became expensive and others cheap, and why some had to be substituted due to shortage.

The youngsters will also delve into the archives from the North Tyneside Libraries Discovery Centre and North Tyneside World War One Project, as well as link up with the Discovery Centre to seek out long-forgotten wartime recipes.

The project will also search out rare war-time cook books, both published and informal, and use these in an exhibition for people to discover local food initiatives.

Don Irving, head of community and outreach for YMCA, said: “This is an exciting project and a chance for young people to gain an appreciation of a crucial aspect of surviving World War 1; being able to eat when food was scarce.

“YMCA is committed to bringing history and heritage alive for we are thankful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and our partner organisations for their continued support.”

Anyone interested in contributing to the project should contact Don via enquiries@ymcanorthtyneside.org or call 0191 257 5434.