The North East War Memorials Project (NEWMP) has been one of our project supporters from the initial application for funding. NEWMP was also generous in letting us have names from war memorials in our project area to add to the Roll of Honour database. NEWMP recently applied unsuccessfully for HLF funding to extend their activities to cover those areas south of the River Tees that have a strong connection with their original project area. But NEWMP is determined to get on with this addition to their project and we will help them as far as possible.
In some ways, it was discussion the museum’s WWI project that alerted NEWMP to the close connections that existed across the River Tees, although the river was seen as a boundary. The museum project area is based on the 44 townships that made up Teesdale Poor Law Union in 1914, and many of these were over the river in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Through the generosity of local historians and other members of the public, we have a lot of information about people from places like Startforth, Bowes, Boldron, Hutton Magna, Barningham, Holwick (Laithkirk Chapel). For some churches, chapels and communities, we also have images of memorial plaques, crosses, Roll of Honour boards and remembrance books. So we can offer NEWMP some help in getting started ‘south of the Tees’.
If you have any images or information that you think would be useful, please let us know (if you haven’t already been in touch) and contact NEWMP – check their website for information (www.newmp.org.uk).