There will be a unique premiere at Tyneside cinema this July, as two short films about North East experiences of the First World War are aired.
The films were created by Newcastle and Durham University postgraduates and sixth formers from Heworth Grange and Ponteland High School. Postgraduates visited the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn to gather private diaries, letters and photographs. These personal accounts and current sixth formers’ responses to them are at the heart of both films.
These films show the war through the eyes of the generation that experienced it and explore what it means for modern students to read those experiences.
The film-showing will take place in the Roxy at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on 28th July at 6.30pm. The event is free and all guests will receive a glass of wine on arrival. Once the films have been shown there will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers, the sixth-formers who took part and archivists from the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn. This will be chaired by the Project Co-Ordinator, Dr Katherine Cooper.
To attend please email Faye Keegan on firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th July 2014.
This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as part of the Collaborative Skills Development programme.
By the fifth day, World War One at Home is starting to hit its stride as communities engage with the stories already shared, and start to share their own stories and share their views on Twitter and through phone ins.
Professor Jane Chapman (University of Lincoln), one of the AHRC-funded advisers on World War One at Home, appeared on BBC Radio Cambridge for a phone in debate about WW1’s legacy and if and how it should be taught in schools. You can listen again online to the thought-provoking discussion – it starts from 1h06m20s. This debate topically follows on from the media furore around ‘left wing myths’ about WW1.
Roger Deeks (University of Birmingham), another AHRC-funded adviser on World War One appeared on the morning show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire who surveyed some of the things that have already come out of the series there. You can listen again online to Roger’s discussion of the Gloucestershire stories – it starts from 2h36m50s. One local story reveals how a man from Amberley worked to improve how the dead were recorded and how their graves were maintained – Fabian Ware, one man, responsible for the dignified resting places of many thousands of fallen troops.
As World War One at Home continues through this centenary year, many more poignant stories like this will be revealed, and many more debates on the legacy of the conflict will be had. For now, it is clear that after just one week, many radio listeners and television audiences in the UK think differently about their locale and its place in the First World War.