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WW1 Centenary news and events

All around the nation arts and humanities institutions are holding special events to mark the centenary.

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Quicklinks: News, features and blog
Events listed by start date:
October 2018 - November 2018 - December 2018
Main event: 2019 WW1 Engagement Centres Festival

News, features and blog



Blog:  Beyond The Trenches

March to November 2019

2019 WW1 Engagement Centres Festival – 'Legacies of the First World War'

First festival starts: 22-23 March 2019
Where: Five cities around the UK
About: Each festival will have a unique theme and will be dedicated to reflecting on public history and heritage, exploring the different types of collaborative work that has been done around WW1 subjects since 2014, and to thinking about future/potential collaborations and how community organisations and academics can continue working together to explore all aspects of the past.
Visit our event page at: ahrc.ukri.org/newsevents/events/calendar/2019-ww1-engagement-centres-festival-legacies-of-the-first-world-war

December 2018

Fighting among friends? Relations between British soldiers and their allies 1914-1918

6 December 2018, 19.00
About: A seminar by Dr Chris Kempshall looking at how relationships between soldiers of different nationalities changed throughout the war.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/seminar-fighting-among-friends

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November 2018

Lest We Forget

1 November 2018, 11.30 and 15.00
Library of Birmingham
About: A play which brings to life the experience of Commonwealth soldiers at the end of the First World War. It tells the journey of an injured Indian soldier from the front line to Birmingham. 
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-play-house-presents-lest-we-forget-tickets-50165638776

Women, Children and War

1 November 2018, 18.00
The Minories, Colchester
About: Exploring the war’s impact from less familiar perspectives – the domestic world of women and the games and play of the children growing up in its shadow. Speakers include Sue Laidler and Holly Nielsen.
Visit: https://everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/event/women-children-and-war/  

Remembering the Great War, An Evening of Words and Music

1 November 2018, 19.30
Where: Great Hall, Aston Webb building, University of Birmingham
Visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/music/events/2018/autumn/remembering-the-great-war

Marking the First World War Centenary: Prisoners of War 1914-1918

1 November 2018, 18.30
Where: Kent History and Library Centre
About: Mary Kemp draws on family history and her research for the Culture in Captivity HLF project in her talk about the experiences of POWs and internees during the First World War. The stories of local men will feature. Mary will also play solo violin excerpts of evocative music.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/marking-first-world-war-centenary-prisoners-war-1914-1918

Remembrance and Identity. The Somme: 1916 to the Present Day

2 November 2018, 19.30
Whitstable Umbrella Centre
About: A free public lecture, by Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Kent, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.  
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/remembrance-and-identity-somme-1916-present-day

AFTERMATH: animations exploring war, conflict and loss by Animate Projects 

3 November 2018, 16.00-18.00
Where: Centrala 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aftermath-animations-exploring-war-conflict-and-loss-tickets

Internment Research Centre Launch and Seminar 2018

3 November 2018, 9.30
Heritage Hub, Kirkstile, Hawick
About: A seminar by the Internment Research Centre looking at life behind the wire during the First World War, including artefacts, collections, books and translations.
Visit: www.stobscamp.org./events/irclaunch/ 

Harvey Cushing in Flanders Fields

8 November 2018, 18.00
University of Kent
About: A seminar about Harvey Cushing, an American surgeon who was Head of the American Base Hospital 5, the Harvard University Hospital, during the 3rd Battle of Ypres in the summer of 1917.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/seminar-harvey-cushing

The First World War at Sea: Conflict, Culture and Commemoration

8-10 November 2018
Where: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
About: A conference looking at both naval and mercantile marine contexts, it will place the experience of the maritime war within the historical settings of the years preceding and following the conflict.
Visit: www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/conference-first-world-war-sea-conflict-culture-and-commemoration

Beyond War - Visualising Peace: artists respond to the armistice of 1918

10 November 2018 to 10 February 2019
The Beaney, Canterbury
About: An exhibition that takes as its starting point the end of the momentous world war of 1914–18 and the view of the future for the survivors. The exhibition also features works by selected Kent artists responding to both this theme and also that of concepts of peace and memorials, as well as our view of these issues a hundred years later.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/beyond-war-visualising-peace

Wheathampstead during the Great War 1914-1920

10-11 November 2018
Memorial Hall, Wheathampstead
About: A look at the experiences of the community during WW1 – at home and on the front line
Visit: everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/event/4560/

YMCA WW1 History Papers

12 November 2018, 11.00
Charterhouse Square, London
About: An opportunity to learn about the YMCA’s service during WWI through the work of war artist Walter P. Starmer and Father Bouchier of St. Jude’s on the Hill. Speakers include Rev Alan Walker and Professor Clyde Binfield.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/ymca-ww1-history-papers

The Impact of the First World War on UCL

13 November 2018, 13.00
University College London
About: A lecture by Georgina Brewis looking at how the First World War impacted on UCL. Over 2,600 members and former members of College served during the war. The UCL community experienced an intense sense of rupture. Part of the College was requisitioned as a military hospital, while the research activities of many academic departments were directed to the war effort. Student numbers halved, but UCL also welcomed and supported several hundred Belgian refugee students and military personnel taking evening courses. Women formed a majority of the much-reduced student body, playing a leading role in College life.
Visit: everydaylivesinwar.herts.ac.uk/event/the-impact-of-the-first-world-war-on-ucl

Perspectives on War: World War 1 to 2018

14 November 2018, 19.00
The Magistrates, Farnan Avenue, London
About: An evening of talks about different subjects relating to the First World War. This includes Yewande Okuleye, from the University of Leicester, speaking on "Belo Akure, A Nigerian Soldier" and Dave O’Carroll, from War Child, speaking on “100 years on: what’s changed for children in war?”. The event will also include exhibitions on cinema during the First World War and the Indian Army.
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/perspectives-on-war-world-war-1-to-2018-tickets-51245999163

The Spanish Flu: A Global Pandemic

16 November 2018, 11.00
Ulster Museum
About: A conference looking at how the Spanish Flu affected Ireland. Speakers include Dr Guy Beiner, David Killingray, Dr Patricia Marsh and Dr Ida Milne.
Visit: www.nmni.com/whats-on/spanish-flu

Fife First World War Commemoration Conference

17 November 2018, 10.00
Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries
About: An exhibition to showcase the work of the community projects to research Fife during WW1.
Visit: onfife.com/whats-on/detail/first-world-war-commemoration-conference

Harwich Haven – Surrender & Sanctuary

17-18 November 2018
About: Weekend of activities looking at the surrender of the German U-Boat fleet which took place in Harwich during November 1918 after the end of the war.
Visit: harwichhavenhistory.co.uk/whats-on/

The Imperial War Graves Commission, Princess Beatrice and the grave of Prince Maurice of Battenberg

22 November 2018, 19.00
About: A seminar by Professor Mark Connelly looking at the story of Prince Maurice of Battenberg, who was the only direct member of the British Royal Family to be killed in the Great War, and the battle by his mother to try and get his body repatriated.
Visit: www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/seminar-maurice-of-battenberg

The Legacy of Commemoration 1918-2018 and Beyond

25 November 2018, 10.00
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
About: A joint conference between Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Wiltshire Local History Forum, looking at the legacy post-2018 of diverse local projects to research and commemorate the First World War.
Visit: wiltshirelocalhistory.org

Centenary Reflections in the Entente Alliance

28 November 2018, 14.00
University of Kent
About: A look at how commemorations were marked in Britain, France and America following the end of the First World War. Speakers include Dr Chris Kempshall, Professor Mark Connelly, Dr Emma Hanna, Julia Ribeiro Thomaz, Natasha Silk and Dr Jessica Meyer. 
Visit: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/centenary-reflections-in-the-entente-alliance-tickets-51196123985

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October 2018

Ships and Airships – Coastal defence during the First World War

Closed 6 January 2019
Carrickfergus Museum
About: An exhibition looking at the war at sea around the shores of Ireland. Specific focus on the Bentra Airship station at Whitehead, the first military aviation facility in Ireland and one that played a vital role during WW1
Visit: http://www.livinglegacies1914-18.ac.uk/FileStore/IMAGES/Filetoupload,840929,en.jpg

Voices of war and peace exhibition

Closed 6 January 2019
Library of Birmingham
About: A showcase of all the different research projects carried out by the ‘Voices of war and peace’ engagement centre. 
Visit: https://mailchi.mp/8fb1769f8326/2019-legacy-festivals-2788525

Trench Brothers

Closed 5 November 2018
Newhaven Fort
About: An exhibition exploring the role of the Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British soldiers, following the journeys and experiences of 8 individual soldiers. 
Visit: http://www.hmdt.org.uk/hmdtmusic/trenchbrothers/exhibition/

The Great War and the English Folk Revival: Class, Gender and the Souls of Dead Warriors

25 October 2018, 18.00
University of Kent
About: A seminar by Georgina Boyes looking at how the First World War impacted on folk music
Visit: http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events/seminar-english-folk-revival   

Crowborough Community Festival

26 October 2018
Crowborough, East Sussex
About: An exhibition telling the story of the town and the thousands of soldiers who were based in the army
Visit: http://crowboroughcommunityfestival.org/  

The Big Shows: Theatre and Cinema During the First World War

26 October 2018, 10.30
University of Southampton
About: A look at the history of stage and screen during the First World War.
Visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-shows-theatre-and-cinema-during-the-first-world-war-tickets-48868173021

Revisiting the Black Parisian Moment: 1918–19

26 October, 10.30
The British Library
About: Exploring the connections between Black intellectual thought, military presence, and jazz cultures at the critical juncture of Paris in the immediate post-war period. How pan-Africanism, Black nationalism, anti-colonialism and civil rights became embedded in post-war culture, and find out how jazz speaks to otherwise overlooked Black histories.  
Visit: www.bl.uk/events/revisiting-the-black-parisian-moment

Away from the Western Front National Conference

30 October 2018, 10.00
Armada House Conference Centre, Bristol
About: A look at the often-overlooked campaigns which took place all over the world between 1914 and 1918.  
Visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/away-from-the-western-front-national-conference-tickets-48890469711

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Margaret Charleroy, Strategy and Development Manager, Histories, Culture and Heritage,
Tel: +44 (0)1793 416017
Email: margaret.charleroy@ahrc.ukri.org 
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