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Great War trench goes on tour

People in the Tees Valley will have the opportunity to experience history first hand as a realistic replica of a First World War trench tours the region.

The Time Bandits – a group providing historical interpretation and living history and drama – will travel with the trench, exhibiting artefacts and bringing to life the stories of those who served in the Great War.

Designed and conceived by Military Historian John Sadler and Cleveland College of Art and Design Artistic Director, Mike Myers - with help from students - the trench is part of a series of events, exhibitions and activities called Remembering Our War.

The initiative is being delivered by Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton Borough Councils and the Heugh Gun Battery Museum in Hartlepool, with a grant from the Arts Council England.

Members of the public can view the trench and meet the Time Bandits in Darlington at the Dolphin Centre between 4.45pm and 6.45pm on Saturday February 22nd, in Hartlepool at the Grayfields Sports Pavilion between 6pm and 8pm on Saturday March 8th and at yet to be confirmed locations later in the year.

The Time Bandits will also be conducting a series of outreach sessions – without the trench – but based around a mobile learning pod. These sessions will feature dramatic scenarios acted out in period costume, the chance to view and handle objects from the time and other interactive activities.  

The first two learning Pod outreach sessions are taking place in Darlington on Saturday February 22nd at the Bridge Centre for Arts between 10am and 12 noon and then at the Crown Street Library from 1pm to 4pm. The pod then travels to Stockton on Monday March 3rd where it will be at the Thornaby Central Library between 9.30am and 4pm, before a visit to Hartlepool on Saturday 8th March, when it will be at the Marina Way ASDA store between 9am and 12 noon and then the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.

For more information on the World War One project contact: David Worthington, Head of Culture and Information, Hartlepool Borough Council telephone 01429 523491 email david.worthington@hartlepool.gov.uk

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