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Children create exhibition inspired by World War One

GALLERY VIEW: Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and Judi Evans, operations director for the North East and Cumbria for the British Red Cross looking at the competition entries.

GALLERY VIEW: Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, and Judi Evans, operations director for the North East and Cumbria for the British Red Cross looking at the competition entries.

PUPILS inspired by the first-hand experiences of World War One have created a display dedicated to the conflict.

Primary schools across County Durham were invited to produce the work after visiting the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery during their summer term.

It is on display throughout this month and focuses on stories first told by soldiers, women during war-time, refugees and artists.

The schools included Seaham Trinity Primary School and Bullion Lane Primary and Newker Primary in Chester-le-Street.

They visited the DLI as part of a primary partnership project between Durham police and the museum, initiated by the British Red Cross.

The main funder was the Gillian Dickinson Trust, which promotes creativity in young people, and there were also contributions from Durham County Council’s Area Action Partnerships.

Workshops by the British Red Cross – who teach the children how to prepare for a major emergency by raising awareness of emergencies past and present – were part of the project.

The winning picture was submitted by St Michael’s RCVA Primary School in Esh and the joint first-prize poems were written by pupils from Leadgate Junior School and St Michael’s.

Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to create their own poetry and artwork to add to the display.

The exhibition runs until Sunday, August 31.

The museum is open during the school holidays from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 4pm.

For more information, visit www.dlidurham.org.uk, email dli@durham.gov.uk or call 03000 266 590.

 

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