Thursday 17 October 2013


Welcome to the blog for the project First World War in County Durham.  The aim of this project is to gather and connect information about the people, places, events and objects associated with the First World War (WW1) in the historic county of Durham, between the Rivers Tyne and Tees. Coverage includes the area to the south west of the present county that was in Startforth Rural District, Yorkshire North Riding, during WW1.

We would like volunteer help to collect as much data as possible, check its accuracy, and organise it so that it can be linked to an interactive mapping website. The proposed mapping website will also publicise WW1 centenary events and ongoing research projects in 2014 - 2018.

The first stage of this Heritage Lottery Fund project runs to the end of 2013. If the application for second stage funding is successful the main project will run from 2014 to 2018. The website will go live in August 2014 and volunteers will be able to contribute content until at least 2018.
If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities, you can follow this link

The intention of the blog is to:

We will also be attending the event at Beamish on the 19th and 20th October 2013.  We will be bringing copies of hundreds of photographs of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1914-1915.

Find the Bank building in the town. Upstairs you can help to identify some of the soldiers and locations in the photographs.

For information about Beamish Museum and how to get there please visit  (entrance charges apply)

1 comment:

  1. What a brilliant idea. I ve just come across this site. I was wondering how to share all the memorabilia from my grandfathers days in the 1914 - 18 war .. now I know. It ll give me the incentive to sort it all out.