A PHOTOGRAPHY exhibition inspired by months of research into life during the First World War has opened.

The display, which has been put together by the Wider Worlds and Cheesy Waffles Projects, based at Belmont Community Centre, in Durham, is at Durham Town Hall.

The group of adults started working on the project, which works to promote positive disability awareness, in September.

They have been researching life on the home front before finding costumes and taking photographs to show the different roles people played during the war, including land girls, miners, nurses and suffragettes.

They used Beamish Museum, Durham Town Hall and St Michael & All Angels Church, in Witton Gilbert as backdrops, while volunteer Syd Hall and project worker Amy Bainbridge did the photography.

Part of the Heritage Lottery funded project also included starting allotments at the community centre to grow their own vegetables, cooking wartime recipes and putting on a Suffragette march through Durham.

Project worker Mandy Stagg said: “We do a lot of community work but this is a fabulous opportunity to have something right in the centre of Durham which everyone can go and see.

“It’s been a massive project for us.”

They have also created a book of all the photographs.

The exhibition will be on display in the reception of the town hall until June 30.