Tyneside and the Battle of Jutland
31st May 1916

The Battle of Jutland (or The Skagerrak to the Germans) was a unique event in naval history and the major engagement at sea during the First World War. DISCOVER MORE

Jutland Exhibition Dates and Venues

27th May - Old Low Light Heritage Centre - Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields. Until 22nd June.
23rd June - Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road. Until 30th July.
11th August - Wallsend Customer First Centre, Forum, Wallsend Town Centre. Until 3rd September

The Somme campaign Exhibition 2016

An exhibition will tour various locations across North Tyneside from 2nd July 2016 to mark the centenary of the Somme campaign - 1st July  / 20th November 1916.

The Somme Campaign 1st July to November 20th 1916
Sacrifice of a northern generation.

1st July - Old Low Light Heritage Centre - Clifford's Fort, Fish Quay, North Shields. Until 13th July.
14th July - Wallsend Customer First Centre, Forum, Wallsend Town Centre. Until 11th August.
30th September - Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road. Until 31st October.
1st November - North Shields Customer First Centre, Northumberland Square, North Shields. Until 30th November.

Battle of the Somme

30th June (provisional) - Memorial Hall, Frank Street, Wallsend at 7pm - Screening of The iconic film The Battle of the Somme. The 1916 Government film of the battle by Geoffrey Malins, with new sound score by Laura Rossi - courtesy Imperial War Museum

FREE public talks at The Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank, Fish Quay, North Shields

All talks start at 7.30pm unless noted otherwise
19th July 2016
Ian McArdle - The Somme. A German perspective.

For the full list of talks see Events

The Response

The North East and the Great War : 1914 – 1918


Full of information collated by project volunteers ; written by Ruth Chittenden and Alan Fidler, this 52 page book covers our region's contribution to 'the war to end all wars'. Price £5.00

Lavishly illustrated and full of personal stories of heroism, bravery and tragedy with many photographs of personal artefacts and recollections of the war.

Available from Waterstones : Hexham, Newcastle and Sunderland plus many more outlets.

Tyneside Tommy

Introducing Three Kings Brewery's new bottled version of 'Tyneside Tommy' commemorative ale with limited edition 'dog tag' labels. Have you collected all 12?
tynesidetommyAvailable from Wine Chambers Front Street Tynemouth and Walton Avenue North Shields, Cherry Wines, Trevor Terrace, North Shields, Oddfellows Arms, North Shields also from Glug... Grainger Market Newcastle and Coppers, Gosforth.



Blue Plaques

Placing of individualised memorial markers on Tynemouth Borough residences (where property survives today) of men who were killed. Markers to be placed from June 2014,

Currently 180 plaques have now been installed (April 2016).

To donate to the fund for the creation of the garden and placing of blue plaques please visit our memorials page.

Memorial Garden

A memorial garden has been developed in an enclosed courtyard at Linskill Community Centre. The restored garden was opened on 3rd August 2014; plaques showing casualty names, street by street were dedicated on the 25th October 2015.

The memorial garden is open to the public daily - Monday to Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.

QAVS_logoWorld War One Commemoration Project gains Royal recognition

The World War One commemorative project, based in North Tyneside, has been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project was established in 2010 to recognise the significant sacrifice made in the former Borough of Tynemouth during the war.

Read the full release here.

Interactive Database

The project has been engaged for four years in building the most comprehensive biographical history possible of more than 1850 men of the Borough of Tynemouth known to have been killed or died in military service, the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets.

Animated Casualty Map

As covered by the recent BBC1 documentary - Despatches from Tyneside, watch and listen how the Great War devastated the local community of North Shields. See the relentless impact; street by street, house by house, family by family and learn of those people, all who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Northumbria World War One Project

A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of the North Tyneside communities.

There is currently an enormous public focus on the centenary period of the First World War - 4th August, 2014 until 11th November, 2018 (the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice with Germany). The country is being reminded over these four years, by a series of important anniversary dates of key events, of the sacrifice of the nation, which brought personal loss to almost every family in the land.

The former Borough of Tynemouth marked that loss with a Roll of Honour published in 1923 containing very brief details of some 1,850 local residents known to have lost their lives due to causes associated with the war and their service. 

The project over the four years 2010 to 2014 researched detailed biographies of those men, with the aim of reminding the population today of that loss and also to explore the social and economic consequences for the town and its inhabitants. A current database of more than 1850 personal biographies can now be viewed.

In January 2015 the Tynemouth project was expanded to encompass all of the communities of the current Borough

 of North Tyneside.

An application for grant funding submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the project in researching a wider area now to be included in the project's acclaimed database was successful and groups have been established to research the casualties of Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Forest Hall, Benton and the mining communities of Killingworth, Dudley, Burradon, Backworth, Shiremoor and others.