COUNCIL bosses have landed a £10,000 grant for an exhibition and website to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
The Heritage Lottery Fund will help the First World War: Then and Now programme focus on bringing to life the impact of the war on Sunderland.
The exhibition will tell the stories of Sunderland during 1914 -18, how it was bombed by a Zeppelin, how it was defended and how this changed in the light of air attack.
The project will also focus on how the city helped build ships for war and heal the wounded.
Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “This is one of many events and activities organised to help people remember the impact and the upheaval caused by the conflict.
“We are delighted to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to help us tell our story, and I’d also like to thank other partners such as Sunderland Cultural Partnership, Sunderland Heritage Forum, North East Land Sea and Air Museum, and North East War Memorials, along with many other voluntary organisations who are providing fantastic support for this innovative project.”
The exhibition will be on display this week at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, before transferring to Sunderland International Airshow on Saturday, where it will form part of the BBC World War One at Home event.
The exhibition will be put on display at Sunderland Minster from August 4.
The website will be launched late summer and will enable audiences to learn more about their ancestors who served in the war.
A short documentary film will also be created.
The film will be based on events in Sunderland throughout the period of 1914-18.