Darlington Head of Steam museum launches new project; North East Railways in World War One

The Advertiser Series: A new project at the Head of Steam will look at the contribution of North East rail workers to the First World War A new project at the Head of Steam will look at the contribution of North East rail workers to the First World War

STAFF from Darlington's Head of Steam museum are visiting the town's Crown Street library to talk about their new wartime rail project.

The project, North East Railways in World War One, is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and focuses on the contribution of the region’s railway workers during the First World War.

Archive documents will be on view and volunteers are being sought to help to identify the records of railways workers who contributed to the war effort or served in the forces and to enter it into the online database.

Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “This project offers members of the public a fabulous opportunity to get involved and learn about what went on in the local area during the First World War.

“Volunteers and family memories are crucial to the success of this project.

“Any information or details of relatives who worked for the railways during the First World War will help bring the archival documents to life and add extra detail to the stories we are able to tell.”

To get involved with the project, visit the Centre for Local Studies at Crown Street Library between 10am until 4pm on March 24 or contact the museum on 01325 734125.

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