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 http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/Volunteeractivities.aspx
The intention of the blog is to:
- update readers on the project’s progress
- to provide links to interesting references
- to provide volunteers with resources
- to tell stories we have uncovered from a variety of sources, such as the Seaham submarine attack (http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/GermansubmarineattackonSeaham11July1916.aspx)
- to show off interesting items found in the collections
- to provide information about events, such as The Durham Pals recruiting event at Beamish Museum, http://durhampals.org.uk/2013/03/17/recruiting-the-pals-beamish-museum/ taking place 19th and 20th October 2013
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 http://www.beamish.org.uk/getting-to-beamish/ (entrance charges apply)