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In 2014 the world marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The four years of the war between 1914 and 1918 remain one of the most significant periods in recent British history, affecting almost everyone in the UK and in all the countries involved. At its end a new world order had emerged and we are still understanding and absorbing the implications of the momentous changes the War brought about.

The centenary of the First World War represents, therefore, a significant act of commemoration both in the UK and internationally. The Imperial War Museum (IWM) is leading activities in this area and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with IWM, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the BBC and other organisations, is working to ensure that arts and humanities research plays a central role in the commemoration, bringing new perspectives and interpretations to bear on our understanding of the War and its legacy, sparking contemporary resonances and inspiring public interest.

This blog aims to help bring together the many strands of research being undertaken on the World War and its legacy and to prompt discussion and debate. If you would like to contribute to this blog, please contact the AHRC’s Communications Team.

New posts will be published every Tuesday and Thursday in April and May 2018. The publishing schedule beyond May will be confirmed in due course but will involve at least one new post per week on either the Tuesday or Thursday.

Please note that the AHRC is unable to help directly with questions about research or family history related to the First World War. These questions should be directed to the relevant Engagement Centre. For contact details for each of the Centres please see their shared website at http://ww1engage.org.uk/engagement-centres/

You can also find more information about the Engagement Centres on the AHRC website. 

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