Project in demand for educational sessions

The main aims of the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project were realised and completed over an intense period of three months from late June to early September.

From the launch of the online database, through the ten-week exhibition at North Shields Library and public commemorative service in Northumberland Square, and culminating in the highly praised staging of Peter Mortimer’s play Death at Dawn – directed by Jackie Fielding and performed at Linskill Community Centre – the project now finds itself in demand to provide information and educational sessions in schools across the borough and further afield.

Subject to time and availability of volunteers, the project is always willing to assist in anyway which helps further public understanding of the enormous social and economic upheaval caused by the greatest conflict in history up to that time.

Any social group or organisation that would like a speaker from the project should contact the group on email at

A Great War themed day of activity and displays takes place this Sunday, October 26, at the Woodhorn Museum and Archives in Ashington, from 11am to 4pm.

The project will be represented at the annual event, which looks at Northumberland’s history and in this centenary year is focused on tracing family links and the story of the war in the north east.

A series of war themed talks will commence at North Shield Customer First Centre when a regular speaker and supporter of the project, Ian McArdle, will deliver a new talk entitled Sarajevo 1914.

Ian’s previous talks at the Low Lights Tavern were highly acclaimed, if at times challenging by virtue of the intense nature of the subject matter.

The series runs from Thursday, November 6, to Thursday, December 11, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. They are free but prior booking is essential to (0191) 643 5270, email or in person at North Shields Library.

The project is pleased to note that The Net, the community led Fishing and Maritime Heritage Centre established in the Old Low Light building in Clifford’s Fort, the Fish Quay, has now opened and will shortly display some of the project’s First World War related maritime stories.

In due course the project expects to further the strong relationship with The Net as they seek to commemorate and celebrate the maritime history of the borough and the significance of the river as a vibrant trading port – and a strategically vital part of the nation’s defence industriesduring the war.

The project’s highly praised commemorative book, The Response – The North East and the Great War 1914-1918, can be purchased at North Tyneside Customer First Centres in North Shields, Wallsend, Whitley Bay and Killingworth, and some branch libraries as well as from the project’s workroom at Linskill Community Centre, the project’s Tynemouth shop, Keel Row Bookshop, North Shields, and Nile Street Post Office.

To purchase online go to and see ‘Publications’ page.

The Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, is open Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4pm until late autumn.

Anyone with information about 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.

The address for correspondence is c/o Essell, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR.

To access the project database visit the website at