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The Centre for Hidden Histories looks at the experience of different ethnic, faith and national groups in the years 1914-1918 and the impact that the war had, and continues to have, on the diverse communities of modern Britain.

We aim to help spread a broader understanding of the First World War as a global conflict and help groups excluded from established mainstream coverage to explore and share their stories.

Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, inspecting a 12 inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery near Borre, 30 July 1918. © IWM (Q 6891)

Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, inspecting a 12 inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery near Borre, 30 July 1918. © IWM (Q 6891)

The Centre’s research themes include:

  • race
  • empire
  • migration and displacement
  • independence movements
  • remembrance and commemoration
  • The contrasting national and community memories of the war

How the Centre can work with you

The Centre is keen to work with a diverse range of community groups including those from Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, West Indian/Caribbean, Eastern European and Jewish communities. We offer support to groups that wish to carry out projects related to the war in partnership with professional researchers. Our current projects include investigations into the experience of Punjabi communities, the internment of British Germans in the UK and the variety of experiences of people from Eastern Europe.

The Centre also invites academics and researchers from all disciplines to join its academic network to support community groups and participate in public events. Through this experience members of the network will develop skills and experience of working with community groups and public engagement and will also have the chance to publish material that demonstrates a clear public impact.

Programme of events

The Centre runs a programme of events aimed at community groups and individuals. These include roadshows, study days, public talks and workshop activities.

We also organise training and skills sessions, for example on using archives, to give you the best chance of succeeding with your project. Where appropriate, we may also be able to put you in touch with similar groups where there may be opportunities for collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

A Hidden Histories public workshop

A Hidden Histories public workshop


We are a consortium of academics from the universities of Nottingham, Derby, Nottingham Trent, Manchester Metropolitan, Oxford Brookes, UCL and Goldsmiths. Our core research team includes academics from a variety of disciplines including history, geography, psychology and linguistics.

For more information, please contact the Centre via email at, via Twitter @Hidden_Hist or visit the Centre’s website.

Members of the Hidden Histories team

Members of the Hidden Histories team


We are interested in hearing from community groups who are planning activities to commemorate the years 1914-19, especially those for whom the traditional Armistice Day celebrations may have strikingly different meanings.

Professor John Beckett

Director, Centre for Hidden Histories