East Coast War Channel Family History Workshop


During the First World War, the north east played a critical role in a forgotten battle fought just off the coast. The East Coast War Channels (ECWCs) stretched from the Thames to the Tyne and beyond, protecting ships that took vital coal southwards. German U-boats sank over a thousand boats and ships in the War Channels. The shipwrecks that resulted from this battle still lie on the seabed, but the important role that north-east communities played in the East Coast War Channels during the First World War is largely forgotten.

Wed 13 Sep, 10am-12.20pm – Booking required

This workshop will enable participants to learn about the impact of the First World War at sea on the local area and help people to develop new skills in archive research. The workshops will draw upon both local and national archives, showing participants how to draw together disparate sources to re-build the maritime heritage of the First World War.

To book for the workshops, please contact Kate Devlin, Lighthouse Steward, phone 0191 529 0905, email Kate.Devlin@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Wed 13 Sep, 1-3.30pm – No booking required

This drop-in session is designed for people to bring in their own information, documents and photographs and find out about their background and significance.

We want to highlight local connections to the wrecks lying just offshore – especially in seafaring, shipbuilding, fishing and coalmining – and showing how these linked Tyneside to the broader conduct of the First World War at sea. This will help us build further details into the story of the War Channels on the North East Coast.

Documentation and photographs gathered as part of the project will be copied (with owners’ permission) and combined with recent research to create a record of the East Coast War Channels for the Souter area.

Copies of information from the drop-in sessions will be made available at Souter Lighthouse and The Word, with further copies available for loan to local schools and community groups.

If you have a disability of any kind or you require special assistance, please contact us on 0191 427 1818.