By Judith Phillips
Congratulations to Staindrop Remembers WWI Group who have recently been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to continue an earlier project which told the stories of the forty local men who died while serving during the war or from the effects of the war and are named on the war memorial in St. Mary’s Church, Staindrop.
The group now aims to research and produce individual biographies of the men and women who came home. Stories will include where people lived and worked, their family connections and details of their service records.
Volunteer researchers will visit and explore a range of archives and collections and study the close connections with the Raby Estate. They will receive training in archival research from Durham Record Office staff. Local people will be encouraged to come forward with their own family stories, artefacts, photographs and memorabilia to be recorded.
Sessions about Staindrop and the First World War will be delivered in local school and to some uniformed organisations to help young people understand the impact of the war on the village. A community event will be held to rededicate the Scarth Hall’s 1920 extension, built by public subscription in memory of the fallen. An illuminated plaque, listing the names of the fallen, will be commissioned for this area and a smaller plaque sited on the Hall’s exterior will highlight the presence of the Memorial Room in the building.
The research results will be made permanently available in a Book of Remembrance and online through the project’s website. The digital data will also be shared with the Durham Record Office, Staindrop Local History Society and The Bowes Museum’s First World War Commemorative Project. We very much look forward to working with the Staindrop group.