TV historian coming to Hartlepool to bring First World War stories to life

TV presenter John Grundy talks with South Tyneside Life After Stroke group members
TV presenter John Grundy talks with South Tyneside Life After Stroke group members

A TELEVISION historian will be bringing to life the story of how the First World War affected the North East at a showcase event for teachers in Hartlepool.

Author and television presenter John Grundy will examine the impact of the war 100 years ago and give town teachers an insight ahead of changes to the National Curriculum in September.

The event, which will feature practical workshops, presentations and talks from a range of local organisations, will take place at the Museum of Hartlepool at Hartlepool Maritime Experience on Wednesday, April 2, and is free to teachers in the North East.

Writer and television presenter Denise Robertson will join Mr Grundy in the town for the day as they recite moving war poetry. The showcase is organised in the region by Bridge North East, which provides practical support to promote young people’s engagement with the arts.

Helen Green, head of Bridge North East, said: “By informing teachers about the local resources on their doorstep, we can enrich the learning experience of the young people they teach.”

The Mail is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War throughout 2014. A series of commemorative supplements will be published in the paper from April onwards with coverage continuing until the centenary of the Bombardment of Hartlepool in December. If you have Great War memorabilia or a story about a local relative who served in the conflict then please contact our newsdesk on (01429) 239380.

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