In 1915, Owen Scott, the curator of The Bowes Museum, sent out a letter to the townships of Teesdale suggesting a Roll of Honour be created to record all those individuals who served in the First World War. For reasons unknown, it was not completed. The Museum is embarking on an ambitious project to complete the task started back in 1915.
The Museum will assist community groups over a five year period in creating a permanent social history record of the impact of war on the local area. The project will involve a number of community events and may culminate in a publication and an exhibition including artefacts, histories, letters and photographs uncovered in the research phase of the project. Ongoing progress and discoveries made along the way will be reported in partnership with the Teesdale Mercury and on the website. In addition to researching and publishing local history, the project will explore themes such as the impacts on the role of women, agriculture, communities and future generations.