BBC to feature project’s development and findings

The BBC's Chris Jackson talking to Malcolm Dunn, a research team leader on the project.
The BBC's Chris Jackson talking to Malcolm Dunn, a research team leader on the project.

The work of the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project will get prime time coverage on BBC One next week.

As a part of the network’s encyclopaedic coverage of the war centenary, it has commissioned a number of documentary programmes to feature the effects of the war on the communities at home.

BBC Newcastle approached the project to discuss the possible inclusion of some of the work undertaken over the past four years, as the project seek to commemorate the experience of the former borough of Tynemouth.

The Tynemouth project has broken new ground in the breadth of its activities and research into the casualties of the Great War, and the particular impact this had on a small industrial, mining and maritime community.

Now after several months of research and filming, the programme is to be broadcast on television next week.

World War One at Home – Despatches from Tyneside is being shown on Monday, June 2, at 7.30pm, on BBC 1 in the North East & Cumbria.

The documentary is presented by Chris Jackson.

He follows the project creating a unique picture of the impact of conflict on those living and working on Tyneside with rarely seen footage.

He hears that Tyneside bore not just physical but deep emotional scars from the war.

The programme also looks more generally at the war effort and its legacy.

The programme gives an insight into the work of the project and shows some of the information made available by the volunteers’ research, including the striking digital casualty map, now attracting widespread acclaim for its visual and emotive impact.


The project’s Information Centre in Front Street, Tynemouth, next door to the library, showing some mini-exhibitions, will be open this weekend from 11am to 4pm.

The centre also has details of all forthcoming events, and tickets are also there for the production of Death at Dawn, the full-length play commissioned by the project and written by well-known north east playwright Peter Mortimer.

Directed by Jackie Fielding, the play will be staged in the Linskill Community Centre from September 1 to 6.

A professional cast of actors will be supported by a number of younger members of local youth theatre groups and pupils of Marden Community High School, who will all spend most of August in rehearsal for the premiere production.

Tickets are available online at the project website and from Keel Row Bookshop, North Shields Customer First Centre, Northumberland Square, and the Linskill Community Centre reception.


Tickets will be available from June 3 for the next in the project’s popular series of talks to be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 24, in the Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields.

Dr Dan Jackson, of the project, will give a talk entitled The Fall of the Hapsburg Empire, telling of one of the last great dynastic families of Europe and one of four empires to be swept away by the war.

Tickets (free) must be obtained in advance and can be got from the Low Lights Tavern, Keel Row Bookshop, the project workroom at the Linskill Centre and the information centre in Tynemouth.


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.