Centenary commemoration group gets funding boost

The camp on the Pastures at Alnwick during the First World War.
The camp on the Pastures at Alnwick during the First World War.

An Alnwick group set up to help mark the centenary of the Great War has been awarded more than £13,000.

Alnwick District WW1 Centenary Commemoration Group has received £13,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Alnwick District’s 14-18 War.

The project aims to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of the First World War in north Northumberland.

Planning for a range of events in 2015 will get under way this year, particularly to commemorate the influx of Kitchener’s New Army formations to Alnwick Camp for training at the beginning of 1915 and the departure by rail of the first trained troops.

Building on the existing website (www.bailifgatemuse um.co.uk/ww1), there will soon be a presence on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

A research database, currently recording almost 900 local men, will be further developed to add more personal information, while a heritage trail is being set up to enable people to identify buildings and land used by the War Office and of significance to the area’s war effort.

A 2015 exhibition of First World War memorabilia, planned at Bailiffgate Museum, would welcome the loan of more photographs, documents and family tales passed down through the years.

For more information or to help, contact the Group at ww1alnwickproject@yahoo.co.uk


As the centenary of the start of the First World War nears, the Gazette wants to remember the conflict and its effect on north Northumberland. If you have a family story or photos to share, contact Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or email ben.oconnell@jpress.co.uk