Roadshow to explore aftermath of World War One

Published Monday, 19th November 2018

A unique research project is inviting Hartlepool people to get involved in a conversation about how the Tees Valley has moved on from World War One.

The Rememorial WWI - Narratives of Peace roadshow will be held at Hartlepool Art Gallery on Friday 23rd November between 11.30am and 3pm.

The project, run by Teesside University and funded by the Heritage Lottery fund, will focus on gathering stories and artefacts from local people who experienced World War One. 

The local community are invited to share with the Rememorial WW1 team opinions, stories and belongings that relate to World War One; to capture memories attached to them and explore themes of unemployment, decline of industry, poverty, loss and hope for the future.

The project will focus on the often over-looked period between the armistice of 11 November 1918 through to the formal end of the War when the Versailles Peace Treaty was signed on 28 June 1919 and Peace Day was declared on 19 July 1919.

Dr Ben Roberts, Co-Project lead and Historian at Teesside University, said: “We are interested in any objects, artefacts or memories relating to that time period which allows us to uncover the stories and meanings behind them.

“It is exciting because we do not know what we are going to get. We want to find out about the stories behind these possessions, what they mean to people, how people were feeling, why people made certain decisions and how those decisions affected their lives during and after that time period.”

People are encouraged to drop into the FREE Rememorial WWI Roadshow event at any time between 11.30am and 3pm and bring along any artefacts that relate to this important period.

Following this public research process, the findings will shape a larger touring exhibition in various Tees Valley Museums during summer 2019. Further details can be found on the project website

Hartlepool Art Gallery is located in Church Square and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. For further information, call (01429) 869706 or visit