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North East Railways in World War One

In 2014 Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum  received £42,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, North Eastern Railways in World War One, in Darlington.

The project focused on the contribution of railway employees in the North East during the First World War.

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Archival documents containing information have been conserved and digitised to preserve them for future generations.

The digital copies reduce the need to handle the originals.

Commenting on the award, Councillor Nick Wallis, Portfolio holder for Culture, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and this is a fitting way for Darlington to commemorate the contribution railway workers made during the First World War.”

The head of the HLF in the North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching and shaping every corner of the UK and beyond. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £45million in projects – large and small - that are marking this Centenary. We are committed to helping communities, like those involved in the North Eastern Railways in World War One  project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”