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Everyday Lives in War

firstworldwar@herts.ac.uk  |  https://everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/  |  @FWWLives

The Everyday Lives in War engagement centre encourages and supports research with a particular interest in:

  • First World War food and farming
  • theatre and entertainment
  • conscientious objection and military tribunals
  • supernatural beliefs
  • childhood
  • family relationships
  • cartoons, trench publications and popular culture.
View of allotments at Kensington Palace, by Henry Rushbury. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1127)

View of allotments at Kensington Palace, by Henry Rushbury. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1127)

Depending on the topic, the centre will either help you to follow your interests or offer to work with you more closely.

Visit the website for resources and background information on each of the themes. The site includes ideas on how to get started with research, useful links and sources as well as examples of stories you might find. You can also follow Everyday Lives in War on Twitter for details about events and new research and resources.

How Everyday Lives can work with you

Everyday Lives in War presents cutting-edge research projects online and at open events. If you’d like to join our mailing list, please email firstworldwar@herts.ac.uk. The centre is keen to develop new partnerships in which community and university researchers work alongside one another to ask and answer new questions about the First World War.

We welcome general or specialist queries by phone or email about Everyday Lives themes. A member of the Centre team – Sandra Richardson, Julie Moore or Sarah Lloyd – will respond in the first instance. Although we may not be able to provide the answers, we always aim to point you in the direction of websites or organisations that are most likely to help. Depending on the topic, we may suggest ways of working together.

First World War diary of Edward Taylor

First World War diary of Edward Taylor

Programme of activities

Everyday Lives in War produces open events, free workshops and web-based resources related to its themes. Events are held in the regions where the centre’s researchers are based (central and southern England, north-west England, Lincolnshire, Wales, and Devon and the south west).

Everyday Lives in War workshops:

  • offer advice on finding and interpreting sources
  • look at ways of presenting research findings
  • showcase research done in local communities
  • give participants a space to share their interests and experiences
  • share expertise and detailed knowledge to broaden participants’ understanding of the First World War and its legacies.

Priority is given to the centre’s themes and particularly to stories and topics that are less well known and receive little media coverage.

Workshops bring people together from all walks of life, with the aims of sharing findings and experiences and learning from one another, building confidence and discovering new questions to explore. You don’t need to have any previous research experience to attend; people generally come with an interest in the subject matter or a passion for uncovering the stories of ordinary women and men in time of war.

If you can’t get to one of the workshops, check the website after the event. The centre is committed to sharing resources and making sure that everyone can access them.

To find out more, join the mailing list or look at the events page on the website.

An Everyday Lives in War workshop

An Everyday Lives in War workshop

Keep in touch

The centre is happy to advertise your events and share news from your group on its website and via Twitter. Email firstworldwar@herts.ac.uk or contact us via Twitter to find out more or to send contributions.

About

Everyday Lives in War is based at the University of Hertfordshire and works in partnership with the Universities of Essex, Northampton, Exeter, Lincoln and Central Lancashire.

We are curious about the impact of war on everyday life between 1914 and 1918 and its longer-term effects. We’re already working actively with community groups and look forward to welcoming new partners across the UK. Whether you’re interested in supernatural beliefs, dairy farming, conscientious objectors, what people saw on stage or memories of childhood, we’re keen to work together on new sources and questions about these and other aspects of the FWW.

Dr Sarah Lloyd

Director, Everyday LIves in War Centre

Quotes from Community Groups

Feedback on Staging the First World War Workshop, University of Hertfordshire, 15 October 2014:

Thank you for today & some great new contacts.

Today’s workshop has worked well & all the different ideas from around the room brought a plethora of different possibilities … this has given a structure for our methodology.

Enjoyable conversations with everyone. Most productive and interesting.