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World War One at Home

World War One At Home is an ambitious, large-scale project that will bring 1400 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, where 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.

The AHRC is funding researchers to work with broadcast journalists in the BBC Regions and Nations to source, select and present stories linked to significant places marking the history of World War I. These stories are planned to be broadcast regionally and nationally during 2014.

The following researchers are working or have worked on the World War One at Home project:

English Regions

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 and Professor Karen Hunt - University of Worcester and Keele University


Professor Jane Chapman - University of Lincoln


  • Professor Ian Beckett - University of Kent
  • Dr Helen McCartney - King’s College London

South West and West

  • Dr Kent Fedorowich and Dr Charles Booth - UWE
  • Roger Deeks (PhD student) - University of Birmingham


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

South East

  • Professor Mark Connelly - University of Kent


  • Dr Derek Patrick and Dr William Kenefick - University of Dundee
  • Professor Alastair McCleery - Edinburgh Napier University


  • Dr Lester Mason - University of Wales Lampeter
  • Dr Gethin Matthew and Dr Gerard Oram - Swansea University

Northern Ireland

  • Professor Fran Brearton and Dr Marie Coleman - Queen’s University Belfast
  • Dr Tim Bowman - University of Kent

The project will be launched by the BBC on February 24th. Further information, is on the BBC website.

Care for the Future Theme

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.’