Photographers wanted to preserve Peterlee for posterity

Malcolm Fallow, chief executive of East Durham Trust, is appealing for people to sign up to the project.

Malcolm Fallow, chief executive of East Durham Trust, is appealing for people to sign up to the project.

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A team is being recruited to put Peterlee life in the picture.

East Durham Trust is seeking people who will help produce a series of photographs which will reflect the character of the town.

Photography is such a huge part of everyday life now - this is a great way for people to develop their skills, get creative and be involved in something that will be around for future generations to see.

Nikki Locke, of East Durham Creates

The organisation’s chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “There are lots of archive pictures on record of local communities in the past, but we really need to pull together something from the present, and we really want to get local people involved.”

The trust is hoping it will sign up volunteers through a launch event next week.

It will be hosted with the support of East Durham Creates, which is funded by Arts Council England, and will feature archive photos of the area.

Nikki Locke, head of East Durham Creates, said: “Photography is such a huge part of everyday life now.

“This is a great way for people to develop their skills, get creative and be involved in something that will be around for future generations to see. We’re very excited to be involved.”

No photographic experience is necessary to join in the project, as a professional will be on hand.

It will run for 10 weeks and will end with an exhibition of the work.

Malcolm added: “We see this as a great opportunity for people to get involved in something worthwhile, and as well as increasing participation in something artistic, we feel it can make a particular contribution to wellbeing.”

The trust is a charity which aims to promote the regeneration of the area and works as a voluntary and community organisation, which manages a host of projects and contracts.

East Durham Creates is working to set up new ways of getting more people involved in creative activities, as well as boosting skills and working with community venues, to set up a network of spaces to host events.

Its work is overseen by Beamish Museum.

The launch event and archive exhibition will take place at East Durham Trust’s base at Community House in Yoden Road, Peterlee, on Monday from 11am to 2pm.