Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War Stories

by MAT
Time Period: WW1
Audience: All Ages
Theme: Shipwrecks

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These audio articles were recorded as part of the Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project for Talking Newspapers.

There are more than 500 local Talking Newspapers in the UK. They provide audio recordings (in a variety of formats) of local newspapers that are read out loud, recorded and edited by volunteers. The typical audience for Talking Newspapers is blind or partially sighted people.

The Forgotten Wrecks project worked with the Talking News Federation to create and distribute audio articles about the Forgotten Wrecks project for use by local Talking Newspapers around the country. The articles are available to listen to below.

We are very grateful to Chris Litton and the Southampton Area Talking News for their support in the production of some of our Audio Articles. They have kindly provided facilities, knowledge, skills and time, enabling us to improve the quality of these audio articles.

You can find the text for these articles and other wreck stories here.


Following the Maritime Archaeology Trust’s (MAT) successful Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War project, the Friends of the Maritime Archaeology Trust, with the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, used outputs from the project to help more people learn about their heritage through the Shipwrecks for the Senses project. One of the projects objectives was to engage with groups that have issues with varying degrees of deafness, blindness, and the elderly who can find everyday access to this information difficult.

These audio articles were used as part of the sessions, and relate to the wrecking of the Eleanor during the First World War.

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Daniels to Barton Hunter(Read by a volunteer)

Letter from Margaret Henderson to Barton Hunter(Read by a volunteer)

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