Volunteers call for war project

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A collaborative venture set up to commemorate the First World War and its impact on north Northumberland is looking for individuals and businesses to get involved.

In June, we reported that plans for an ambitious programme of events to commemorate the centenary years of the First World War, which start in 2014, are taking shape.

The Alnwick District World War One Centenary Commemoration Group, which is made up of volunteers, including members of Northumberland Branch of the Western Front Association and the Alnmouth District Branch of the Royal British Legion, is behind the initiative.

And they are working with the likes of the Bailiffgate Museum, Northumberland Estates including Alnwick Castle, local history groups, the Gazette and others in the hopes of building a fitting and lasting legacy to honour the local response to the nation’s call to arms.

At the time, group chairman Derek Gladding said: “Our goal is to mark the centenary with a series of projects and events to raise awareness and to illustrate the impact of the war on Alnwick and District, its people, businesses and commerce and in other ways.

“We want to create or recreate records, including an online database, of events and deeds of the times.”

Now the group is starting to ramp up its call for support and is is really keen to encourage anyone remotely interested in how the First World War impacted the wider Alnwick district area, to get involved.

They would like to hear from people skilled and interested in a whole host of things, including: IT including website content management systems and social media; researching and writing material; designing and producing heritage leaflets; undertaking research at the likes of Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn; photography; researching individual servicemen’s war service records; assisting schools and teachers with sourcing of interactive tools to educate their pupils and students; event organisation; and fund-raising.

For more information on how you can help, or to volunteer, email ww1alnwick project@yahoo.co.uk

The work with the Bailiffgate Museum has led to space for the project team on their new website, which can be found at www.bailiffgatemu seum.co.uk/ww1.