North East People’s History First World War Comes To An End

The North East People’s History First World War on the Northumberland Coalfield project ran for a year and is ending this month.

‘During the time we have had ten volunteers with seven sticking with it all the way. We have looked at a large amount of material lodging it all on the data base at:

We have scoured the archive finding large and little amounts of material in County Council papers, Medical Officer of Health Records, Northumberland Constabulary re-cords, trade union records, political party records and the papers of private individuals.’  Over the next few months ‘the volunteers are hoping to submit material to the North East History Journal but also to the new Project blog on the Archive web-site. In the Autumn the Archives at Woodhorn won a substantial bid for a World War Project. Most of the volunteers are now moving into that project.’

– From the newsletter of North East People’s History Project Winter  2014

Note: I have been involved with this project as adviser and in assisting putting material on the database. The main project is the successor to the North East Popular Politics Project for which I was Archival Mapping & Research co-ordinator.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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