South Shields heroes exhibition up for heritage award

WAR DISPLAY ... the exhibition exploring the lives of heroes from South Tyneside during the First World War has gained national recognition.
WAR DISPLAY ... the exhibition exploring the lives of heroes from South Tyneside during the First World War has gained national recognition.

AN exhibition exploring the lives of heroes in South Tyneside during the First World War has gained national recognition.

Home of Heroes: South Tyneside in the First World War, is currently on show at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery and has been shortlisted for an award.

An exhibition exploring the lives of many heroes of South Tyneside during the First World War has gained national recognition.

An exhibition exploring the lives of many heroes of South Tyneside during the First World War has gained national recognition.

The exhibition, which runs until Saturday, January 24, is in the running for the Hudson’s Heritage Awards in the Best WW1 Event category.

Hudson’s Heritage Awards celebrate the high quality of experiences enjoyed by visitors to heritage attractions.

Home of Heroes explores the lives of people who had major roles on the home front during the First World War, including seafarers, miners and factory workers as well as some of the soldiers who fought directly on the frontline.

Some of South Tyneside’s greatest sons and daughters feature in the exhibition including John Simpson Kirkpatrick, whose heroic efforts in Gallipoli are remembered across the globe, as well as three recipients of the Victoria Cross, Henry Howey Robson, of South Shields, Thomas Young, of Boldon Colliery and Joseph Henry Collin, of Jarrow.

The role of women during the war is also explored in the exhibition.

Mary Lyons, of Jarrow, is one of the exceptional women to feature in the display.

Lyons played football for Palmers and Blyth Spartans, and to this day remains the youngest person to play and score for England in a senior international match, aged just 14 in July 1918. Mary also played on the winning side in both the 1917/18 and 1918/19 Munitionettes’ Cup.

Geoff Woodward, South Shields Museum manager, said: “Home of Heroes is a stunning exhibition that really captures how the people of South Tyneside experienced the First World War.

“It has involved a lot of new research enabling, for the first time, a full picture of the role of the borough in the war to be presented.

“We are delighted that it has attracted the national recognition it deserves.”

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