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World War One centenary commemorated with talks and events at Tyneside museums

Tyne and Wear Museums' Wor Life project offers up a series of events throughout November to mark the historic anniversary

Wor Life events commemorate WW1 this Remembrance season
Wor Life events commemorate WW1 this Remembrance season

A series of special events are being hosted at museums on Tyneside during November and December as part of the ambitious project, Wor Life 1914-18: Tyne and Wear in the First World War.

The commemoration project continues to explore both the effect of the war on the North East as well as its impact on life on the home front ahead via a programme of talks and workshops on a wide range of subjects from medal conservation and tracing WWI ancestors, to the effect the war had on Fenham and the heroic depictions of soldiers in fiction.

November 3: Family history expert Keith Gregson will teach members of the public how they can start to trace their First World War ancestors. Tickets £4.

November 22: ‘Westenders’ with a passion for local history can join Michael Greatbatch where he will lecture on the effects of the War on the area of Fenham and its people. Tickets are £4 each; free for students.

December 2: Members of the public can bring their family war medals and plaques to the museum on and learn how to clean them and share their own stories .Tickets £7.50.

December 4: A behind-the-scenes tour of Discovery Museum’s costume store gives an introduction to World War One textiles. Tickets £5

December 10: British Film Institute (BFI) reels circa 1914 feature a nostalgic mix of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels to transport visitors to a typical night out a century ago. Free, booking essential.

December 13: Durham University’s Andre Keil discusses how the country reacted to illegal aliens and its ethnic minority population in the face of the First World War. Ticket £4 each; free for students.

Wallsend’s Segedunum Roman Fort will host First World War craft sessions on November 6, 20 and December 4. North Tyneside Adult Learning Alliance tutors will teach attendees traditional crafts such as felting, crocheting and ‘proggy mat’ making. Sessions are £13 each; £6.50 concessions – book online at www.segedunumromanfort.org.uk or at the museum shop.

South Shields Museum & Art Gallery will host Northumbria University’s Ann-Marie Einhaus on December 5. Ann-Marie- will discuss heroic depictions of soldiers in popular fiction during her lecture ‘The Magazine War Hero’. Tickets are £4 each; free for students.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery and delivered by Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums in partnership with Sunderland Museums and Heritage, Wor Life 1914-18 has been made up of a series of exhibitions and events, as well as a large supporting learning and community engagement programme.

Visit www.worlife.org.uk to find out more information about the events programme for Wor Life 1914-18, and to make bookings.

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