Special edition of Mail added to Bombardment exhibition

HISTORIC EDITION: David Worthington with a copy of the Hartlepool Mail.
HISTORIC EDITION: David Worthington with a copy of the Hartlepool Mail.

A HISTORIC edition of the Hartlepool Mail is going on display in a town museum.

Tuesday’s striking issue is set to be part of the Voices Of The Bombardment exhibition at the Museum of Hartlepool.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

The paper was a commemorative tribute to the fallen of 1914.

It included a stunning front page, showing the name of every one of the 130 people to die in the Bombardment.

Inside, we had interviews with Heugh Gun Battery officials and archive footage of Bombardment survivors, speaking of their ordeal.

The edition was expected to go on immediate display at the museum, which is part of the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, until next March.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

Then, it will become a permanent part of the museum’s collection, said David Worthington who is the head of culture and information at Hartlepool Borough Council.

He added: “We are planning on doing an archive box that records the day’s commemorations.

“Hopefully, in 100 years time and if the museum service is there, the then curator will access the box and turn it into an exhibition in its own right.”

That archive box will also tell the museum curator in 2114 of a time capsule which was created this week.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

The capsule was made as part of the new memorial to the Bombardment victims.

The capsule contains material about the Bombardment including the winning poems in the Hartlepool Mail war poetry competition which was run in conjunction with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Mr Worthington added: “We have put a lot of material in the time capsule including a remembrance book.”

The Hartlepool Mail’s coverage of the Bombardment 100th anniversary also drew praise from the public on social media.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

Twitter follower Ali posted: “@HPoolMail fascinated & emotional following #Bombardment, you forget how recent it was. Well done in making history accessible to all.”

@The_Annexe tweeeted: “ @HPoolMail great coverage of #bombardment We’ve come a so far in 100 years.”

And ‏@VeryKirstyB commented: “Getting chills reading @HPoolMail coverage of #bombardmentlive Great to see Hartlepools history and those lost being remembered.”

People can have their own permanent reminder of this week’s commemorations.

To buy a copy of our photographs, visit http://northeastpress.newsprints.co.uk/

l See more pictures from the Bombardment commemorations on pages 10 and 11.

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID

David Worthington head of Culture and Information with a copy of The Hartlepool Mail. Picture by FRANK REID