The five engagement centres all organise and / or promote First World War centenary events on their individual websites. On this page you will find details of events that the centres are organising jointly.

Discovery Days 2017

These Discovery Days are intended as a series of one-day events, to take place in locations around the country with the aim of connecting the AHRC First World War Engagement Centres with HLF community groups and projects. The events will provide information, advice and support to these groups and will enable new partnerships to be forged between projects, as well as between projects and Centres, orientated around the Centres’ key themes.

For more details, please contact any of the Engagement Centres or book via the link.






Lead Centre(s)

4th April



National Museum Cardiff


26th May


South East

Hastings Museum


1st June


North East

Newcastle University


19th June



Belfast National Museum


4th September


East Midlands

The City Rooms, Leicester


27th October


Yorks & Humber

Devonshire Hall, Leeds


2nd November



Woburn House Conference Centre, London


23rd November Showcase Scotland Mitchell Library, Glasgow Voices/LL/Gateways
8th December Discovery East of England Essex Record Office, Chelmsford ELIW/CHH
12th December Discovery West Mids Library of Birmingham Voices/CHH



North West





South West




For more details, please contact Mike Noble or any of the Engagement Centres; attendance is free with booking via the relevant event link.

Your Community in the First World War: A Roadshow

Three free and open events with speakers, workshops, stalls and networking opportunities. poppies

8th September 2015 at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester

9th September 2015 at the City Museum, Leeds

10th September 2015 at Newcastle University

How did the First World War affect your community? Do you know where the people named on your war memorial fought and died? What was life like for those who went away to fight? What happened to those who stayed at home? Did the First World War change things for women? Industry? Social welfare? What was its global impact and how did colonial troops experience it?

We invite you to explore your community’s connection with the First World War and meet up with others already doing so. These three events, in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, will bring together community groups and other organisations who are working on projects around the heritage of the First World War, or who are interested in developing such a project. There will be an opportunity to share experiences, explore possible sources of funding (especially the Heritage Lottery Fund), exchange ideas, and learn about free support and resources, including how and where you can showcase your findings online.

This roadshow is co-hosted by the five First World War engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each centre represents a network of academic support and has various areas of expertise regarding First World War research. You can access their support when developing you own projects.

At each event we will also be offering an opportunity to learn how to digitise, record and preserve your community’s stories and memorabilia. The availability of this opportunity will be based on demand, so if you are interested in taking part in this digitisation workshop, please register for this when booking the event. You will be asked to submit a short statement of what materials (photographs, letters, diaries etc.) you would like to have digitised and how it would benefit you and/or your community group.

Places at these events are free, but limited, so book early to ensure a place.

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For more information or to book a place on a digitisation workshop after booking an event contact Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, Gateways to the First World War. Email