Rememorial WWI: Narratives of Peace in the Tees Valley

Charles Tait, Ben Roberts

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Rememorial WWI focused on the period between the Armistice (11 November 1918) through to Peace Day (19 July 1919) communicating findings regarding this lesser known period and exploring the legacy and relevance to the contemporary communities of the Tees Valley. It was jointly authored and produced by Dr Ben Roberts and Charlie Tait receiving funding from the National Lottery’s Heritage Fund and partnering with Teesside Archives, Darlington Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Hartlepool Council,Stockton Borough Council and the Tees Valley Combined Authority. The project had multiple components including:

Public Roadshows
Public workshops
Touring Exhibition
Twitter and Facebook pages
Online ‘Explore’ Exhibition

Through physical and intangible heritage of the period, the project aimed to facilitate conversations around peace day, remembrance and the contemporary perception of WW1 following the centenary of the conflict.

Phase 1:
Discovery and contextualisation. A series of public roadshows uncovered stories, artefacts and opinions relating to the period between Armistice and Peace Day. Following this, research and interpretation was undertaken prompted by the roadshow findings to identifiy key narratives and perspectives. A Twitter/Facebook feed communicated findings whilst workshops towards the end of this phase engaged audiences with the findings and prompted responses to the project themes.

Phase 2:
Representation and communication. The wealth of findings which included recorded memories, contributed artefacts, newspaper reports and documents were edited to underpin the creation of a touring exhibition which explored the use of sculptural, narrative and graphic methods. Findings from Phase 1 of the project were presented alongside artefacts from the Imperial War Museum, Beamish Open Air Museum, Surrey Records Office, The University of Warwick Modern Records Centre, Teesside Archives and local museums and libraries throughout the Tees Valley.

The exhibition was held at Dorman Museum, Hartlepool Art Gallery, Kirkleatham Museum, Preston Hall Museum and Darlington Library. The content is also being interpreted to be displayed in the ‘Explore’ website which explores ways of interacting and interpreting content.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Apr 2018


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