Wartime role up for grabs at Hartlepool council

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COUNCIL bosses are set to recruit a history enthusiast to lead a major £400,000 project to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Earlier this year a Hartlepool Borough Council-led bid to the Renaissance Strategic Fund at Arts Council England was successful in securing £394,775 towards projects to mark the anniversary, including the bombardment of Hartlepool.

As part of the work, Hartlepool Borough Council has been advertising for the post of Senior World War One Project Officer to lead the work and interviews are set to take place on May 21.

The salary for the two-year post, which is funded by Arts Council England, is between £21,519 to £23,708.

The successful candidate will deliver a “lively programme” of events over two years with the aim of engaging the community with museum, library and gallery collections across the region.

Five boroughs of the Tees Valley – Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton – are teaming up with the Heugh Gun Battery on the Headland, which is the site of the only First World War battlefield in the North-East, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the conflict.

The World War One: People and their Stories project will include exhibitions, drama performances, digital and hologram projects, outreach and education events across the Tees Valley and schools will be encouraged to visit the Heugh Gun Battery.

The project will also include the First World War collections held by museums across the region.

Speaking at the time of the funding announcement, David Worthington, the council’s head of culture and information, said: “In Hartlepool we saw the bombardment of the Hartlepools on the December 16, 1914; an event that cost many lives and caused damage to property that can still be seen to this day.

“This is a great opportunity to bring World War I to generations who have no direct connection with the conflict.”

Museum bosses say they are “very grateful” to the Arts Council for the funding and look forward to delivering “a really exciting and interesting project”.

The council will be working with partner organisations across the Tees Valley to deliver the project.

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