Living Legacies 1914-18, one of the AHRC’s World War One Engagement Centres, gives an account of their recent visit to the Titanic Buildings in Belfast attended by academics, practitioners, local history groups and arts professionals.
On Thursday 5th March, Living Legacies visited Titanic Buildings, Belfast, for the first large-scale, multi-stakeholder event this year. Kindly supported by the Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Heritage Lottery Fund and Community Relations Council. The venue, the impressive Titanic Suite, was in-keeping with the scale of the event and provided an excellent backdrop to the day’s proceedings.
There were over 30 stalls on display, covering multiple angles and approaches to the war. Our colleagues from Heritage Lottery were present to provide advice and guidance to the many interested attendees. Community Relations Council chair, Peter Osborne, launched the fair by welcoming the assembled groups and audience members and encouraging all those present to engage with each other and discuss potential collaborations.
Following this, historian Dr. Eamon Phoenix gave an insightful lecture on the hidden history of nationalist involvement in the Great War, which is now being drawn out by excellent research projects, such as 6th Connaught Rangers.
The fair was attended by a combination of academics, practitioners, local history groups and arts professionals. Throughout the day, visitors and exhibitors exchanged knowledge and discussed a number of avenues for cooperative work. Whilst the fair was going on, a number of workshops took place in the conference rooms adjacent to the Titanic Suite. These dealt with ‘Ethical and Shared Remembering’, ‘What is Commemoration?’ and ‘Creative Responses’.
The Living Legacies team received a number of enquiries about supporting and guiding community-led research and we look forward to building upon these fruitful conversations. The Creative Centenaries Resources fair demonstrated the important and varied work which is going on in the region, to critically commemorate and engage with the legacy of WW1.
Written by Sophie Long, Queen’s University Belfast on behalf of Living Legacies 1914-18.