First World War project “Out of the Darkness” needs you.

Thanks to National Lottery players, Whitby Town Council is running a National Lottery funded project “Out of the Darkness”, to commemorate the Centenary of the ending of the First World War.

We are now looking for local people to help us with this project.  We will be exploring the heritage of the First World War through the lives of people living at the time and through the impact of the war on clothing design. 

There are a number of ways people can get involved in this project.

1)     We are looking to recruit a Project Coordinator and a Costume Facilitator to oversee the delivery of different aspects of the project and to work with community groups to ensure the project reaches as broad an audience as possible.

2)    We are recruiting a team of volunteers to help us work with local people to research and gather historic accounts, memories and anecdotes about family members who were living at the time of the First World War.

3)    We need local people to share their stories of any relatives that lived during World War One.  We are encouraging people to look back in time one hundred years, to investigate the lives and experiences of family members. We want to collect these stories and personal histories of family members who contributed to or were affected by the First World War whether through childhood, active service, medical occupations, support services, factory, farming, or other industry. These personal histories will be presented in an exhibition which will raise awareness of and celebrate the lives of these family members. 

4)     We want to work with local young people to investigate the influence of the war on clothing design.  Through this research and design project we will create a range of First World War inspired garments which will be presented in a fashion show and exhibited alongside the personal stories gathered.

To find out more or if you or your community group are interested in delivering or taking part in any element of this project please contact us by emailing or phone 01947 820227.