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Living Legacies 1914 – 1918


‘Living Legacies 1914-18’ connects academic and community researchers interested in exploring the impacts and legacies of World War 1.

Our academic researchers specialise in working with community researchers on WW1 centenary projects. We want to share our enthusiasm and expertise with you and your WW1 research!

The Centre’s research themes include-

  • Material Cultures and Landscapes here
  • Digital Heritage and Engagement here
  • Critical Commemoration and Creative Practice here

There are a number of ways to get involved with our centre’s researchers and projects, nationwide:


  1. If you have an existing WW1 community-based project, Living Legacies can help with specific aspects of your research. This might include seeking speakers to give talks to your group, or involving our centre’s researchers in some of your project’s activities and research, or you may wish to join in with some of our centre public outreach events and activities and use these to meet other community groups and publicise your work.• What to do next: Have a look at our latest events and also our research themes and please do get in touch with us by email or phone to find out more.
  2. If you are a community group interested in developing a WW1 centenary project, Living Legacies offers practical advice and guidance on ways of funding your project (eg through HLF’s ‘First World War: Then and Now’ scheme), as well as offering ways of drawing on our expertise to help your project achieve more and to have greater impact and legacy. Our centre has friendly and experienced Project Officers who can be assigned to your WW1 research project to help think through what you wish to do, and how to do it.• What to do next: Contact our Project Manager, Elaine Reid, and she will help link you with one of our Project Officers to start the process off, and browse our past and present community projects web-pages for some ideas on how we work with communities on WW1 heritage.
  3. If you are an academic researcher in the UK working on aspects of WW1 heritage, and your research interests align with those of Living Legacies researchers, you are welcome to join our Research Network. Joining the network will put you in touch with community projects and university researchers across the UK working on topics relevant to your research areas and also keep you up to date with news on Living Legacies events and activities you might wish to take part in.• What to do next: Browse our research themes pages to get a feel of our centre’s priority areas and expertise, and contact the centre’s director, Keith Lilley, via, to explore ways we can connect.

‘The Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre is a focal point for connecting academic and community researchers interested in how the First World War lives on in the twenty-first century world. Based at Queen’s University Belfast, the Centre is working with community-based networks and projects to explore, interpret and record the ‘living legacies’ of the First World War, through rediscovering the forgotten First World War heritage in our localities and landscapes throughout the United Kingdom’.  Keith Lilley (FRHistS) is Director of the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre. With particular expertise in aspects of historical mapping and the interpretation of heritage landscapes using digital technologies, he is also Chair of the Historic Towns Trust and Reader in Historical Geography at Queen’s University Belfast.

Keith Lilley

Director, Living Legacies 1914-18