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wallsendwar.jpg World War I. What happened next?

Two new exhibitions on Tyneside are marking 100 years since the Armistice by chronicling the aftermath of the First World War on both sides of the River Tyne.

‘Hearts of Peace: How WWI changed people’s lives in North Tyneside’ is on show at Segedunum and explores the enormous impact the war had on society and individuals (the above image is part of this exhibition and shows women workers at Wallsend slipway). North Tyneside played its part in the war, not just through the troops fighting on the front lines but by the dedication of the men and women who supported the effort in shipyards and factories. The years following the war would not be easy. Meanwhile the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery are showing ‘Our Hopes Profound: How WWI changed people’s lives in South Tyneside’. Both exhibitions feature various personal stories of people from Tyneside from the tragic story of war nurse Marion Dorothy Chapman who died three months before the Armistice caring for the wounded in Egypt, to conscientious objector Aaron Ernest Gompertz, who became Mayor of South Shields.

Hearts of Peace, until 12 May, Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, segedunumromanfort.org.uk; Our Hopes Profound, until 1 June, South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, southshieldsmuseum.org.uk