SLIDESHOW: Can you shed some light on Hartlepool shell factory girls?

HERITAGE experts are hoping the people of Hartlepool can shed light on these evocative photographs.

The Heritage Lottery-funded Heroism and Heartbreak project aims to rediscover and re-tell the stories of Hartlepool and its involvement in the First World War.

CAN YOU HELP: Officials at the Heroism and Heartbreak project want more details on the people in these photographs

CAN YOU HELP: Officials at the Heroism and Heartbreak project want more details on the people in these photographs

Heroism and Heartbreak is led by the Nautical Archaeology Society North-East and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Library and Museum Services, and is working in partnership with local groups and volunteers.

And since its launch, people have come forward with their own pieces of nostalgia.

The project also looks at the role of women in Hartlepool and has uncovered these photographs of women working at the National Shell Factory which was based at Gray’s shipyard.

Project manager Gary Green said: “We don’t actually know very much about this shell factory, or the people who worked there, so if the people of Hartlepool can help, that would be great.”

What is known is that there was a national drive in Britain to produce more shells in the First World War.

They were made in factories and the Hartlepool one was sited in a former ship construction yard.

Anyone wanting more information on the Heroism and Heartbreak project should email infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk, telephone (01429) 242909, or call in to Hartlepool Central Library in York Road.