Archive for November, 2014

Ushaw Moor’s Elderly Speak To The Queen

November 28, 2014 2 comments

Thanks to a research of old newspapers we know that Queen Mary visited the Aged Miners’ Homes in Ushaw Moor not long before World War 1. During her visit she spoke to a number of people including a Mrs Forster [and her daughter], also Mrs Blenkiron, Mrs Collins and Mr Beenley.

Her first visit was to Mrs Forster: after shaking Mrs Forster’s hand and also her daughter’s, she spent time in the kitchen and remarked ‘you look very comfortable here’ She was particularly impressed with the wonderfully kept fireplace.

The Queen then went and shook the hands of all the elderly men and women who were standing in their doorways.

Then on to Mrs Blenkiron’s house. She was greeted with ‘hearty welcome to your majesty’. The Queen thanked her and asked ‘are you all right here?’

Onwards to Mrs Collins house [number 10]. Here she was shown a piece of valuable old china.

Last call was at 75 year old Mr Beenley’s house. He presented her with a bouquet. She shook his hand and also that of his invalid daughter.


Categories: Memories

Durham at War – Mapping the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War

November 8, 2014 3 comments


Mapping the Story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

This is a First World War centenary project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the archive, museum and archaeology services at Durham County Council.

Durham at War is an interactive mapping website that will tell the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War. Launched on 10 September 2014, exactly one hundred years after the first Durham Light Infantry soldiers arrived in France with the British Expeditionary Force, the website will be live until the end of 2018. It will help to commemorate the role of Durham people at a momentous period in the county’s history. We hope that the website will act like a giant virtual jigsaw, making the links between the archives, objects and sites that survive today, and helping to uncover new stories about local communities 100 years ago.

From November members of the public will be able to log in to the website worldwide to add their own contributions and pin them to the interactive map. Until then please send information for the website by email.

This website is not designed to duplicate, rather to complement, existing web-based resources. It will use the interactive map to make the links between the rich diversity of information that is already available or is being developed online, and add new details from institutional and private collections that have never been accessible in a digital format before.

Throughout the centenary period project staff will run a series of research modules, training sessions and events to help volunteers explore relevant heritage collections in depth and publish their discoveries on the website.


Durham at War – Mapping the story of County Durham and its people in the First World War.

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From Ushaw With Love, Life After Coal – YouTube

November 6, 2014 4 comments

Published on 9 Oct 2014

A short film made over the summer in the North East of England. A beautiful place full of beautiful people. This is a small collection of memories. At its heart the film really wants people to engage with society and become more involved in there own communities.  Above all it is a very human project. “Neil Woodward”