Information for journalists

Promotional video


Screenshots of Durham at War promotional video

Watch the Durham at War video produced for the website launch on 10 September 2014
(1:49 mins)

Presents First World War stories from County Durham: departure of Durham Light Infantry from Barnard Castle railway station in September 1915, submarine bombardment of Seaham in July 1916, zeppelin raid on Sunderland in April 1916, Pals homecoming parade in Durham Market Place in May 1919 and poppies sent home from France in 1917. Also shows how stories are presented on the website and the historic mapping interface



Press releases

Durham County Council logo

First World War Bake Off
Durham County Council 28 November 2016

Volunteers sought to shine light on 10th battalion
Durham County Council 29 April 2016

Amateur historians urged to share their research online
Durham County Council 6 November 2015

Village’s war history to go online
Durham County Council 9 October 2015

Memoirs of real War Horse soldier go online
Durham County Council 4 September 2015

First World War website launched with public drop-in PDF (3 pages; 235 KB)
Durham County Council 5 September 2014

Treasures will stay in region PDF (1 page; 231 KB)
Exceptional First World War memoirs of Lt-Col Hubert Morant, Durham Light Infantry
Durham County Council 16 August 2013


In the News

Demonstrating the new website

Changing lives: from biscuit tin to archive – photo reunites family
Heritage Lottery Fund website 28 June 2016

Washington First World War soldier’s battlefield poppies survive a century
The Journal 16 September 2014

Century-old poppy from the trenches fronts new war website
The Northern Echo 11 September 2014

First World War centenary mapping project: Durham at War
Heritage Lottery Fund 3 April 2014

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War
The Northern Echo 3 April 2014


Durham at War Blog

Durham at War blog

Visit our Durham at War blog to find out what project volunteers and staff have been doing

Conference 2016 Posted on 2 December 2016

Washington Men at the Somme Posted on 24 June 2016

A word from another of our volunteers: Name, rank and number Posted on 23 October 2015

A conscientious volunteer Posted on 13 March 2015





Where to Find our Latest Stories

Latest stories on the website

Scroll down the Stories page to find a list of the most recent stories added to this website

Most viewed stories this month:

Site of Cocken Hall, Finchale
Elliot Angus Leybourne (1889-1950)
Constance Dora ‘Connie’ Kirkup (1889-1950)
Henry ‘Harry’ Greener (1894-1917)
My Part in the Battle of the Somme, by Charles Herbert Moss




Julie Barnfather at Durham County Council press office on 03000 268 069, email: [email protected]

Laura Bates at HLF press office on 020 7591 6027, email: [email protected]

Gill Parkes at Durham County Record Office on 03000 267 621, email:[email protected]