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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Library secures grant to commemorate First World War

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stockton Central Library is just one of ten public libraries chosen nationally to work on a range of special projects to commemorate the First World War.

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) has secured £196,110 from the National Lottery supported Grants for the Arts (through Arts Council England) to create a War Memorial for the digital age - a range of projects which will enable communities to create their own responses to the First World War. All the local projects will have a digital dimension in order to reach a wider audience.

Stockton Central Library will receive £11,000 of this funding to work with residents and local history groups to research the impact of the First World War on the Borough and its people. They will explore the library services’ rich resources and archives to unearth stories relevant to the Borough.

The best of these stories will be developed to produce poetry pieces, songs and music which will be written and performed in Stockton Central Library by some of Stockton’s finest bands, singers and choirs.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are delighted to be one of ten libraries nationally to take part in this project which we hope will reflect the experiences of people affected by the war through music, poetry and song, culminating in a filmed public performance at Stockton Central Library.

“What’s more all the work done as part of this innovative and exciting project will be available for everyone to access online. Not only will this be an excellent tool for students and those interested in local history but it will also be a permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by so many people.”

The war memorial for the digital age is just one of many projects, events, exhibitions and activities Stockton Council is organising over the coming months to commemorate the First World War Centenary. For more information visit