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The BBC's World War One at Home project - researchers announced

Date: 16/10/2013

The researchers selected to participate in the BBC’s ‘World War One at Home’ project have been announced. The BBC project will tell the story of the First World War through the people whose lives were transformed - in their homes, schools, churches, theatres, streets, factories, and so on. These stories are planned to be broadcast on local radio and regional television in BBC English Regions and on television and radio in BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland.

The announcement follows the BBC's unveiling of their entire offering for the World War One commemoration beginning next year.

The AHRC is funding researchers to work with broadcast journalists in the BBC Regions in England between September and January 2014 to source, select and showcase stories related to the First World War. Researchers will advise on the war’s impact on the regions and highlight links with broader national and international events and themes.

Following a successful pilot project held in the BBC West region, the initiative is now being rolled out across England, with the BBC Nations undertaking similar initiatives early next year. The AHRC recently issued a call for the planned projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The researchers selected for the next phase of the project are:

North East and Cumbria

  • Dr Martin Farr and Caroline Nielsen (PhD student), University of Newcastle

North West

  • Professor Frank McDonough and Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson, Liverpool John Moores University


  • Dr Jessica Meyer and Dr Kate Vigurs, University of Leeds

E Yorks and Lincolnshire

  • Dr Robb Robinson and Dr Nicholas Evans, University of Hull

East Midlands

  • Dr Sally Horrocks and Colin Hyde, University of Leicester

West Midlands

  • Professor Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
  • Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University
  • Roger Deeks (PhD student), University of Birmingham


  • Professor Jane Chapman, University of Lincoln


  • Professor Ian Beckett, University of Kent
  • Dr Helen McCartney, King's College London

South West

  • Dr Kent Fedorowich and Dr Charles Booth,  UWE


  • Dr Daniel Todman, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Dr Jonathan Black, Kingston University

South East

  • Professor Mark Connelly, University of Kent


Following their involvement in the successful pilot project in the West region, Kent Fedorowich and Charles Booth will have roles as national advisers to the researchers, alongside their work in the BBC South West region.

World War One At Home is an ambitious, large-scale project that will bring more than a thousand powerful stories to life – all linked to specific places across the UK – in a way never told before.

It will uncover surprising stories about familiar neighbourhoods where the wounded were treated, major scientific developments happened, prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried.

In what will be a unique broadcasting event, 1,400 stories (100 stories from each of eleven BBC regions, and the three BBC Nations) will feature on BBC regional TV and Local Radio in England, as well as on national programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, starting in early 2014.

AHRC involvement in the initiative is being undertaken through its Care for the Future theme which explores how ‘the relationship between the past, present and future shapes our understanding of the world around us.’ Further information is available on the theme pages.

A podcast is also available which discusses the pilot project.


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