Virtual First World War memorial to be unveiled in Stockton

2:38pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A WAR memorial for the internet generation is being created in Teesside, one of ten areas across the country to secure funding for the First World War commemoration project.

Stockton Central Library has receive £11,000 to work with residents and local history groups to research the impact of the First World War on the borough and its people.

Using stories uncovered, Stockton’s bands and singer songwriters will collaborate with male voice choir, Infant Hercules, and North Skelton Brass Band to create poetry and songs performed in public and available to watch over the internet.

The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) secured £196,110 in total  from the National Lottery supported Grants for the Arts (through Arts Council England) to create a war memorial for the digital age. Libraries in Newcastle and North Tyneside also scooped a share of the cash.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Borough 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.”

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