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Your Community in the First World War: A Roadshow

The five First World War engagement centres are working together this autumn to run three free and open events featuring speakers, workshops, stalls and networking opportunities.

8th September 2015 at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

9th September 2015 at the City Museum, Leeds

10th September 2015 at Newcastle University

How did the First World War affect your community? Do you know where the people named on your war memorial fought and died? What was life like for those who went away to fight? What happened to those who stayed at home? Did the First World War change things for women? Industry? Social welfare? What was its global impact and how did colonial troops experience it?

We invite you to explore your community’s connection with the First World War and meet up with others already doing so. These three events, in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, will bring together community groups and other organisations who are working on projects around the heritage of the First World War, or who are interested in developing such a project. There will be an opportunity to share experiences, explore possible sources of funding (especially the Heritage Lottery Fund), exchange ideas, and learn about free support and resources, including how and where you can showcase your findings online.

This roadshow is co-hosted by the five First World War engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each centre represents a network of academic support and has various areas of expertise regarding First World War research. You can access their support when developing you own projects.

At each event we will also be offering an opportunity to learn how to digitise, record and preserve your community’s stories and memorabilia. The availability of this opportunity will be based on demand, so if you are interested in taking part in this digitisation workshop, please register for this when booking the event. You will be asked to submit a short statement of what materials (photographs, letters, diaries etc.) you would like to have digitised and how it would benefit you and/or your community group.

Places at these events are free, but limited, so book early to ensure a place.

World War One events this June in Belfast

A number of events this June in Belfast will be encouraging the public to engage with their local WW1 history. The events are part of the nationwide Connected Communities Festival.

West Belfast WW1 Soldiers – Living Legacies Centre a digital walking tour

belfast boysThe walking tour will take place in and around the Falls Road, West Belfast, an area rich in contested cultural heritage and with strong community interest in WW1. This venue has been chosen given its immediate proximity to the areas of interest on the walking tour. The tour is built around original data gathered by Prof. Richard Grayson on the origins of the local men that served in the FWW.
This event is open to the public and is a cross-community event, we are hoping to encourage members of the Nationalist Community to participate and engage with their WW1 heritage.
20th June 2015, An Chulturlann, West Belfast, BT12 6AH

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich website – Cultúrlann produces a vibrant Arts Programme that promotes Irish language and culture while creating an attractive meeting place for tourists and locals alike.
A review of Professor Richard Grayson’s book “Belfast Boys” can be found here.
More information on the Living Legacies project can be found on the website
The event will be using #GIStourFallsRoad


ulstermuseumNational Museum Northern Ireland – First World War tour and workshop at the Ulster Museum

This venue has been chosen given its unique collection of WW1 materials, staff expertise and knowledge. In addition NMNI is a partner of the Living Legacies Engagement Centre. The event will feature a guided tour of the Home Rule to Partition section of the Modern History Gallery and will cover events from 1912-1922. There will then be a break for refreshments and this will be followed by an interactive handling workshop involving FWW artefacts. The main benefit to the attendee is an improved understanding of the past, including a broader knowledge of the nuances and complexities of the war.

23rd June 2015, Ulster Museum, South Belfast, BT9 5AB

More information on the National Museums of Northern Ireland can be found on their website.
More information on the Reminiscence Network Northern Ireland can be found on their website.
More information on the Living Legacies project can be found on the website
The event will be using #UlsterMuseumTour
2013-10-14-insigniaArts for All – Mural exploring the years 1914-1918

This event involves both the launch of a new FWW mural and a piece of interactive drama/performance from ‘Medal in the Draw’ by Dr. Brenda Winter-Palmer – LL, QUB. The event will take place in Tigers Bay, North Belfast on the 25th June, provisionally held. Tiger’s Bay is traditionally a strongly loyalist area of Belfast with a high degree of deprivation and strong community interest. The mural reflects a range of perspectives on the war, including women’s role on the Home Front, shipyard strikes and soldiers employed to make crosses to mark the graves of the men who died. The plays script is used as a stimulus for the audience’s questions and the actors then engage with the audience in character. The venue was dictated by the mural location, which is of itself the product of one year’s community research. The event is open to the public and is a cross-community event. The event will be publicised through all partners (see links).

25th June 2015, Tigers Bay, North Belfast

More information on the Living Legacies project can be found on the website
More information on arts for all can be found on their website.
More information on ‘The Medal in the Drawer’ can be found here.
The event will be using #WW1TigersBay

Image Copyright © 2013 Extramural Activity

Connected Communities Festival: Exploring World War One and its Legacy

A number of sessions at the recent Connected Communities Festival in Cardiff reflected on the nature of community at this time of commemoration and during the First World War.

In this short film, Mike Noble from the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Hidden Histories speaks about the work of the AHRC’s five World War One Engagement Centres. He describes how the focus of each centre allows it to better engage with communities.

You can revisit all the sessions which were live streamed in a YouTube playlist.

Connected Communities Festival: Performing the First World War

A number of sessions at the recent Connected Communities Festival in Cardiff reflected on the nature of community at this time of commemoration and during the First World War.

This session, ‘Performing the First World War’ explored how drama and performance can shed light on lives and legacies of the First World War.

The session focussed on creating new drama from local material and how lost plays can reveal historical experiences. Brenda Winter-Palmer (Queen’s University, Belfast) led an activity around her experience of developing a community play, The Medal in the Drawer. Dr Andrew Maunder (University of Hertfordshire) then considered how ‘lost’ plays of the First World War can explore the war, memory, and identity and give an alternative perspective on the more familiar performances of the war.

You can revisit all the sessions which were live streamed in a YouTube playlist.

When War Hit Home: Hull and the First World War

To mark the centenary of the First World War, an exhibition ‘When War Hit Home: Hull and the First World War’ will open at Ferens Art Gallery on 19 July. The exhibition explores the effects of the First World War on Hull and its people, using Hull Museums’ extensive collection of objects and images.

Visitors can read personal stories from those who lived through the War, as well as find out about recruitment, life on the front line, the contribution of men, women and children that stayed at home, the war at sea and the role of fishermen and merchant seamen from Hull. The exhibition looks at the devastating effects of the Zeppelin raids on the city and changes in people’s attitudes towards Hull’s German community.

Councillor Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said:

“It provides an opportunity for people to understand the impact the First World War had on Hull and the people who lived through it one hundred years ago.”

The exhibition includes previously unseen photographs from Hull during the war, some of which will be life-sized and have been digitised in preparation for the exhibition. A number of objects that have been stored for decades have also been conserved and will be displayed for the first time, including an early gas mask, some delicate costume from the era and a Hull and Barnsley roll of honour. 

Paula Gentil, Curator at Hull Museums said:

“Some powerful and poignant personal stories have resulted from our research into the collections at the museums. After an initial enthusiasm for the war, local families underwent an agonising four years of war and, for those that survived, their lives were changed forever. This exhibition really highlights the important contribution Hull men, women and children made.”

The exhibition, in Gallery 4 at Ferens Art Gallery will be open Saturday 19 July 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2014.

The exhibition is being launched with a day of free activities, talks and live music from the era at Ferens on Saturday 19 July. Talks will be given by Honorary Alderman John Robinson, Dr. Robb Robinson from the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, the BBC’s Adrian Van Klaveren, Dr. Rosemary Wall and Dr. Nick Evans from the University of Hull, and Arthur Credland who will talk about the Zeppelin raids.

To find out more visit the exhibition website.

The launch has been organised as a collaboration between Hull Museums, Heritage Learning and the University of Hull and is supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

World War One at Home Live Event: Woolwich

bannerLast weekend saw the first of the BBC’s flagship World War One at Home live events at Woolwich Barracks in London. These WW1 ‘roadshow’ events are happening across the country throughout the summer, and are giving a local and hands on flavour to the commemorative activities run by the BBC, supported by AHRC researchers.

On Friday 27th June, I saw the preparations first hand, along with local schoolchildren who were trialling the variety of activities on a sunny afternoon away from the classroom. The weekend coincided fittingly not only with Armed Forces Day, but with the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife – the action which precipitated the war in Europe.

pigeon2The activities planned for this and other live events are highly interactive. You can step into a news bus and present your own report from the front line, explore the grizzly world of trench medicine, or prepare for active combat with obstacle courses and drill training. For a less active afternoon, you could explore the archives to explore your family history, or attend short ‘briefings’ on historical topics.
The events are supported by partner organisations, such as the Royal Pigeon Racing Association who are demonstrating the effectiveness of pigeons as communicators during the war with releases sending messages to nearby pigeon lofts.  The British Postal Museum and Archive were also present, explaining how 12.5 million letters reached the front each week from friends and family at home. There was also a focus on wartime communications in practical hands on morse code demonstrations, and the opportunity to produce a newspaper.

morse The Royal College of Pathologists also presented a historical and medical innovations experience of frontline medicine. Grusomely titled ‘Blood and Bugs’, infected members of the public moved through a dank hut to find a cure (if there was one) for their infection. There were also spies moving around the camp collections information from various points, a scale trench, and a recruitment station issuing war time identification cards.

Over the weekend, thousands of members of the public experienced this and more. If you missed this event in Woolwich, there are still plenty of opportunities to interact with history and find out more about how your area was impacted by the war. Find a BBC World War One at Home Live Event near you.