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BBC World War One At Home Tour

Date: 20/06/2014

The BBC is to continue its commemorations of the First World War Centenary with a series of major public events this summer.

The BBC World War One At Home Tour will visit county shows, summer festivals, air shows and bustling shopping centres the length and breadth of the UK. The events will reflect on the impact the war had on families and communities, as well as helping people to explore their own relatives links to the war.

The family-friendly events will include hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions designed to appeal to all ages. Visitors will be able to meet experts from Imperial War Museums (opens in new window) and the BBC/AHRC 'World War on at Home' researchers to discover their families' connections to the war.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see how they can discover, remember and share their First World War connections with the rest of the world and how they can help to build a permanent digital memorial to over 8 million men and women who served on the home and fighting fronts.

Entry to many of the events will be free. The full list of BBC World War One At Home Tour dates and venues and academic researchers attending:

  • May 28-29: Ipswich, The Suffolk Show; Professor Jane Chapman (University of Lincoln, Wolfson College Cambridge, Macquarie University Sydney )
  • May 31: Norwich, The Forum; Professor Jane Chapman (University of Lincoln, Wolfson College Cambridge, Macquarie University Sydney)
  • June 14-15: Liverpool, Mersey River Festival
  • June 21: Stoke on Trent, Kings Hall; Professor Karen Hunt (Keele University)
  • June 24: Blackpool, Armed Forces Week
  • June 28: Woolwich Great Get Together and Armed Forces Day; Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University)
  • July 5-6: Colchester, Colchester Military Tournament; Professor Jane Chapman (University of Lincoln, Wolfson College Cambridge, Macquarie University Sydney )
  • July 8-10: Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Show; Dr Robb Robinson (University of Hull)
  • July 12-13: Wolverhampton, The Wolverhampton & Black Country Show; Professor Karen Hunt (Keele University)
  • July 19: Hull, Queen Victoria Square; Dr Robb Robinson (University of Hull) and Dr Nicholas J. Evans (University of Hull)
  • July 22: Skegness; Dr Robb Robinson (University of Hull) and Dr Nicholas J. Evans (University of Hull)
  • July 26 and 27: The Sunderland International Airshow; Dr Martin Farr (University of Newcastle)
  • August 1, 2: Dundee, City Square; Professor Alistair McCleery (Edinburgh Napier University), Dr Derek Patrick (University of Dundee) and Dr William Kenefick (University of Dundee)
  • August 4: Folkestone Step Short; Mr Roger Deeks (University of Birmingham PhD student)
  • August 8-10: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta; Dr Lester Mason (University of Wales Trinity Saint David) and Dr Charles Booth (University of the West of England)
  • August 14 Okehampton, Okehampton Show; Dr Charles Booth (University of the West of England)
  • August 16-17: Eastbourne International Air Show; Professor Mark Connelly (University of Kent)
  • August 20: Weymouth Carnival; Dr Helen McCartney (King's College London)
  • August 23-24: Leicester City Festival
  • August 30-31: Rhyl, Wales Rhyl Airshow; Dr Gethin Matthews (Swansea University)
  • September 6-7: Portrush, Co. Antrim. Air Waves Portrush; Dr Timothy Bowman (University of Kent) and Professor Alistair McCleery (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • September 10: Gloucester History Festival; Dr Lester Mason (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • September 13-14: Manchester Piccadilly Gardens; Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston University)
  • September 19-20: Nottingham, Nottingham Fields of Battle Exhibition
  • September 21: Derbyshire Day

For further information on the areas of research specialisms and contact details of the experts on the tour please see our WW1 Experts List.

Notes to editors

For further press information please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick (AHRC) on 01793 41 6021 ord.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

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