Funding for interactive map to tell Durham’s war tales

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AN interactive map which will help tell the story of how war affected communities is being created thanks to a £475,100 windfall.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded Durham County Council the grant to develop a new interactive website, Durham at War, to map the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

The project will link the archives, objects and sites that survive today and uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago.

It will also map the centenary commemorative events and projects taking place in the county.

The website launch is planned for September and will run until the end of 2018.

The council’s County Record Office, Durham Light Infantry Museum and Archaeology Service are leading a major volunteer programme over that period to coincide with the First World War centenary.

Volunteers will be able to contribute to the project by working from home, either researching collections which are catalogued online, or processing information that is supplied to them in a digital format.

The site will use large-scale historic mapping as a base for volunteers to “pin” information about people, places and events a century ago.