Untold war stories to be revealed

War-related material never before seen by the public could be uncovered in a new project at Northumberland Archives.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded £46,500 for an initiative to discover new content relating to the First World War from collections at Woodhorn and Berwick.

Volunteers will be recruited to investigate and catalogue the collections, before they are made available to the public.

The material, including images, will be shared through social media on the Northumberland Archives Facebook page and Museums and Archives Northumberland Flickr site.

There will also be a special project blog, information will be added to the online catalogue, and various community events relating to the work will be organised across the county.

It is hoped that the project will unearth fascinating records from the period.

Northumberland Archives Head of Collections Sue Wood said: “The generous grant from HLF presents a wonderful opportunity for Northumberland Archives to open up many more of our collections relating to the First World War to the communities of Northumberland and beyond.

“Our project will tell the stories of the contribution that the people and communities of Northumberland made to the war effort in the theatres of war and on the home front.”

Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North East Ivor Crowther said: “We’re pleased to support Northumberland Archives as it uncovers previously hidden material and untold stories.”

To volunteer for the project call 01670 624455.