Yours Sincerely

Participant as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in front of a green screen with an image of a First World War hospital
Participant as a VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) nurse in front of a green screen with an image of a First World War hospital

Heritage Grants

NORTH SHIELDS, North East
North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA)
£4600
It took just two days for a letter from Britain to reach the front. By the war’s end, two billion letters and 114 million parcels had been delivered.
"I cannot believe my son is getting involved in a film, let alone the starring role, he would never had had the confidence before."
Parent of participant
Young people reinterpreted the changing roles of women during the First World War, through letters, films and an exhibition.

A collection of letters discovered in a family Bible by a member of staff at North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) formed the basis of this project to help young people find out more about the First World War. The letters were written by Private Ralph Daglish who served in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and are now held by his great-great-nephew.

The letters inspired the young people to understand the life of a soldier and the changing roles of women during the First World War. Posters and other materials provided context.   

The young people worked with a history group and local historians to understand the heritage and to bring to life what it was like for women and families in Tyneside during the war. They wrote a variety of letters to people living through the war, including morale-boosting letters to soldiers at the Front. Participants also researched and wrote letters about women's changing roles.

They created posters and the Yours Sincerely film based on letters sent by Private Daglish. Two banners were developed describing the project findings.