Building an archive of First World War material

As the centenary of the start of the First World War approaches, on August 4, the Alnwick District WWI Centenary Commemoration Group aims to shed more light on some of the area’s stories from the conflict.

Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Group is a group drawn from a range of volunteers including members of the Northumberland branch of the Western Front Association and Alnmouth District branch of the Royal British Legion, plus people from the education field.

Funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the national WFA and with contributions from the local branches of the WFA and RBL, the group aims to:

* Mark the centenary of the First World War with a series of projects to raise awareness and to illustrate the impact of the war on the wider Alnwick district, its people, businesses and commerce.

* Build a fitting and lasting legacy to honour the response to the nation’s call to arms through the creation or recreation of records.

The four pillars of the project focus on: Schools and education; signature 2015 events including the march of the Kitchener Volunteers from Newcastle to Alnwick Camp in early 1915, their time training at the Camp, and their departure from Alnwick on the next stage of their journey to the Western Front; heritage initiatives, including talks, exhibitions, articles and a heritage trail; researching and recording Alnwick district’s 1914-18 war, including an online database to commemorate all those men from the district who were killed or died in the service of their country.

To offer help or support to the group or for more information, email ww1alnwickproject@yahoo.co.uk