Your Community in the First World War: A Road Show

Your Community in the First World War: A Road Show

From 8-10 September 2015 the five AHRC funded First World War engagement centres hosted their autumn roadshow, with events taking place in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. These three events aimed to bring together community groups and other organisations developing or working on projects around the heritage of the First World War in order to share experiences, exchange ideas, learn about resources and explore possible sources of funding. In collaboration with a broad range of community project representatives, local historians, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the First World War Centenary Partnership, Lives of the First World War, Historypin, Yarn and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA) we realised these aims in an industrious and enjoyable few days. The events were well attended with nearly 200 people participating overall. Each event offered fascinating talks and a variety of stalls and exhibits. The events also included some undirected networking time as well as roundtable discussions which were both very lively and buzzing with conversation. The event in Manchester took place on Tuesday 8th September at the Imperial War Museum and the venue was packed with stalls showcasing the range of First World War projects being undertaken in the region. The event opened with a talk from Lancaster University’s Martin Purdy on The Great War in the North West and included presentations from Oli Wilkinson (University of Central Lancashire) on Prisoners of War in the North West and Tim Grady on the Diverse Narratives project at the University of Chester. One of the highlights of the day was a presentation by Brierfield Action in the Community. Year 10 students gave an introduction to...