Although the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project has been engaged in its many activities for more than two years, it still has a great number of tasks to be completed in order to achieve its aims for the forthcoming centenary of the outbreak of the war on August 4, 1914.
Anyone who would like to get involved with the project, which has won recognition at both regional and national levels for the breadth of its activities and quality of its output, is welcome to get in touch through the organisation’s website, or in person at the workroom – (B9) at the Linskill Community Centre in Trevor Terrace, North Shields.
The project has been recognised for the multi-faceted forms of community information and engagement it has produced to commemorate the tragic events of the First World War, and the tremendous response of the local population, which resulted in a terrible toll in lost lives and family grief.
Working with schools, community groups and higher education institutions, the project aims to inform the population in general and make available to relatives of casualties the fullest information possible about the almost 2,000 men reported as killed or died as a result of the conflict.
The project’s programme of lectures, organised in conjunction with Northumbria University, attracted national comment for the breadth of topics to be covered and the quality of the speakers who will address people from all walks of life in the north east, who would only rarely have the opportunity to hear these leading researchers of the war and its consequences.
The public response to the lectures has been significant and has already obliged the project tea, to seek a larger lecture theatre for the first three events, and probably all succeeding events.
Notice of the new venue will be given in this column and by e-mail when we the project has determined the likely attendances.
Registration of interest to attend any of the lectures can be made through the website.
The first lecture will be given on Wednesday, October 9, by Professor Sir Hew Strachan, of All Souls College, Oxford University.
He is a leading authority on the history of the Great War and author of an acclaimed history of the conflict.
The Army Benevolent Fund is staging a concert – Salute our Heroes – at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 28, at the Sage Gateshead.
Tickets for this spectacular show are still available and are on sale now from the Sage box office on (0191) 443 4661.
Anyone with information on anyone killed or died as a result of the war is asked to contact the project.
The project workroom at Room B9 Linskill Community Centre, Trevor Terrace, North Shields is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday for visitors and for anyone interested to learn more about the project or how to get involved.
Visit www.tynemouthworldwarone.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AR.