Hartlepool community archive hailed as a major success

Diane Marlborough.

Diane Marlborough.

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A two-year project to create a community archive recording the sacrifices made by Hartlepool people in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets during the First World War has been a major success.

‘Heroism and Heartbreak – True Tales From The Hartlepools At War’ has rediscovered and retold the stories of more than 260 of the town’s seafarers who lost their lives during the conflict and the fascinating histories of over 400 locally-owned or built ships which were sunk by enemy action.

The project is running two final roadshows, giving people an opportunity to see what has been achieved and a last chance to contribute information if they haven’t already done so.

The roadshows are tomorrow from 10am to 1pm and Friday, June 17, from 11am to 2pm in the Community Room in Hartlepool Central Library in York Road.

Diane Marlborough, Hartlepool Borough Council’s reference and information manager, added: “There’s still time for people to contribute photographs and information at the last two roadshows.”