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 Gateways to the First World War is based at the University of Kent and involves a network of researchers from all over the country. We are keen to hear from groups working on the following themes:

  • memorials, commemoration and memory
  • life on the home and fighting fronts
  • the medical history of the war
  • propaganda and popular culture
  • maritime and naval history
  • operational and military history
Children laying flowers at Shorncliffe Military Ceremony in Kent.

Children laying flowers at Shorncliffe Military Ceremony in Kent.

As well as First World War history, the team includes researchers with specialist knowledge of literature, language, archaeology, performance arts and digital technologies. If you have a query about researching the First World War or developing a centenary project we would like to hear from you. Contact us at or via the contact form on our website and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Working with projects

We are currently working with a number of exciting centenary projects run by communities, charities, schools and local authorities. These include Oldham Women in World War One, a project working with three groups of Oldham residents – older people, teenagers and schoolchildren – to find out about more about women’s roles in Oldham in the First World War, and Home Fires, a project in East Sussex which developed a dramatic production based on local memories and life history research. Find out about other projects we have supported at or get in touch at to talk with us about your own First World War project.

Programme of events

Gateways to the First World War runs a busy series of events, including study days, talks, open days, conferences and training days for project groups. Our events are designed to share the team’s research on particular First World War themes, highlight useful sources and provide advice on conducting research and developing projects. We also use our website to promote other centenary events taking place around the country at If you are planning your own centenary event or project we would be happy to publicise it on our website – please contact us with details at

A Gateways to the First World War workshop at The Marlowe theatre, Canterbury.

A Gateways to the First World War workshop at The Marlowe theatre, Canterbury.


Gateways has developed a number of travelling exhibitions focusing on key aspects of the history of the First World War. The exhibitions can be borrowed free of charge by organisations and institutions looking to educate and inform audiences or to add further historical context to events and existing exhibitions. Find out more at


Gateways to the First World War is led by Professor Mark Connelly at the University of Kent with support from Dr Brad Beaven (University of Portsmouth), Dr Helen Brooks (University of Kent), Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds), Dr Emma Hanna (University of Greenwich), Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton) and Dr Dan Todman (Queen Mary, University of London). Our Community Heritage Researcher, Dr Sam Carroll, works closely with groups developing centenary projects. Find out more about the team at

Members of the Gateways team

Members of the Gateways team.


The centenary of the First World War is an opportunity for us all to question our understandings and perceptions of this momentous event in history. Every member of the team at Gateways has a long-standing interest in the First World War and we are passionate about helping others discover pathways through the history of the conflict. We hope that Gateways will enable others to engage with the Great War and produce fascinating new insights into an event which has had a seminal impact on our own world. We have an exciting schedule of events planned and are keen to hear from groups and organisations that are developing centenary projects.


Mark Connelly

Director, Gateways to the First World war