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BBC World War One at Home reaches key milestone

Date: 04/08/2014

As the world marks the centenary of the First World War today, the BBC's World War One at Home initiative has released further stories of the war, bringing the total number of stories to over 650. These stories are informed by the work of 21 AHRC-funded researchers who are working with the BBC.

World War One at Home tells the story of the First World War through the people whose lives were transformed - in their homes, schools, churches, theatres, streets, and factories. Today and in the coming months, stories will be broadcast on local radio and regional television in BBC English Regions as well as on television and radio in BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland.

As political leaders and royalty gathered in Liege, Belgium, the BBC have released new themes, including a section on Belgian Refugees. Caroline Neilsen, a PhD student who has contributed to an item about the large Belgian refugee community which developed in Tyne and Wear said: “The World War One at Home project offers communities a chance to reflect on their histories and discover new, and sometimes surprising elements of their shared past. Few have a history as surprising as Birtley, County Durham”.

Another new theme for the BBC's World War One at Home website is Recruitment and Training. In this section, Dr Timothy Bowman contributes to the story of a bicycle shop in Northern Ireland which found itself supplying the wheels to take the 36th Ulster Division to the front.

AHRC-funded researchers are also contributing to the BBC's World War One at Home Live events across the UK in August and September.

For further information, please contact Alex Pryce (AHRC), a.pryce@ahrc.ac.uk, 01793 41 6025

Notes to editors

  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk
  • Click here for more information about how the AHRC is supporting research on World War One and its legacy.
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