Newcastle curators seeking unheard stories of womenâ€™s experiences on Tyneside during World War II as part of a national Imperial War Museums project have heard from people as far away as Australia.
People are coming forward with stories about their family, like Violet who worked in the timber factory, Teresa who was evacuated, Charlotte who joined the Land Army and several people whose mothers worked in Vickers armaments factory on Newcastleâ€™s Scotswood Road.
Kylea Little, Keeper of History at Discovery Museum said: "Weâ€™d like to say thank you to everyone who has reached out to share their stories so far â€“ they are fascinating and give us a real fresh insight into womenâ€™s experiences during the Second World War on Tyneside, some of which will feature in an exhibition next year.
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â€œWeâ€™d like to urge anyone else to come forward and share their stories of women from Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside during this time, whatever they were doing. Please get in touch before December 11.
â€œWe would particularly like to hear about the women from Tyneside who joined the Womenâ€™s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), the Womenâ€™s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) or the Air Raid Precautions (ARP).â€
â€œItâ€™s easy to get in touch â€“ email [email protected] with a few details and a contact telephone number and one of the team will get back to you.â€
The research is part of a wider national partnership with Imperial War Museums (IWM), the Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP), which aims to uncover underrepresented local stories to make sure they are recorded for future generations, before they are lost forever.
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Tyne & Wear Archive & Museums (TWAM) is one of eight culture heritage groups across the UK who are working with IWM to uncover hidden or lesser-known stories from this time.
As part of the project, SWWHPP is funding a Digital Intern role at Discovery Museum to join the research team and digitise more collections to share a fuller history of what life was like during the war for people on Tyneside.
The project culminates in 2022 with a touring installation from the partnership; this will be supplemented with the exhibition sharing the new Tyneside stories at Discovery Museum. Over the course of the project, TWAM will be working with artists, young people, schools, and care homes too.
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