War experts join the line up to remember local history

World War One and history experts Richard Van Emden and Martin Pugh will be joining''Northumberland Archives' own professional, Paul Ternent, in giving a series of free talks ''at this year's Northumberland History Fair taking place at Woodhorn later this month.
World War One and history experts Richard Van Emden and Martin Pugh will be joining''Northumberland Archives' own professional, Paul Ternent, in giving a series of free talks ''at this year's Northumberland History Fair taking place at Woodhorn later this month.
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Three First World War experts will be giving free talks this weekend at the Northumberland History Fair.

The annual event brings together individuals and organisations from across the North East to pass on their expertise in local and family history.

And this year, the fair will also focus on the First World War to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the conflict in 1914.

The event takes place at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives in Ashington on Sunday.

Former Professor of British History at Newcastle University and Research Professor in History at Liverpool John Moores University Martin Pugh will give the first talk of the event at 11am when he discusses Women and the War.

Then at 1pm author, researcher and television documentary producer Richard Van Emden, who has written more than a dozen books on the conflict, will present his talk on Meeting The Enemy: The Human Face of the Great War.

The final talk will be given by Northumberland Archives First World War professional Paul Ternent on Northumberland at War.

Throughout the day there will be stalls, displays and demonstrations by various history groups, including Morpeth Antiquarian Society, Northumbrian Language Society, the North East War Memorials Project, Society of Antiquaries, Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, Tyneside Scottish Highlanders, the British Association for Local History and the Association of Northumberland History Societies, among others.

Books, information and support with visitors’ own projects will be available.

Woodhorn Director Keith Merrin said: “With experts and enthusiasts in many aspects of local and family history on hand, the day is a great source of information, knowledge and guidance.

“As always, the History Fair will really celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of our region.

“In addition this year, with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, we are extremely fortunate to be able to host two well-respected and high-profile speakers to talk about this period.

“We hope that as many people as possible will make a point of coming along to hear from these experts, and of course, chat to organisations who celebrate and preserve our local history.”

While the talks are free, demand is likely to be high so places can be booked in advance by calling 01670 624455.

The fair has free admission, but parking charges apply.