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- Legacies of War
The Legacies of War Centenary project is run by colleagues at the University of Leeds who have research interests in different aspects of the First World War, and is partnered with Gateways to the First World War. The 2014-18 centenary of what was referred to at the time as the ‘Great War’ is a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. Members of the Legacies of War project are participating in and helping to coordinate a series of events and activities that are taking place across Leeds in 2014-18 in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and at the University. These events commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies. There is a exciting and varied programme of events that responds to widespread public interest in this crucial period of our history.
- On Saturday 19th March, over 170 researchers, community activist groups, and members of the public were brought together to discuss and explore national and local aspects of conscientious objection and resistance to the First World War at Leeds City Museum. The day included fascinating panels on women and feminist resistance, international perspectives on resisting war and Empire, and the latest research on conscientious objectors in the UK.
- Dr Rachel Muers, Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Leeds, has been funded by the the Everyday Lives in the First World War Centre.
- Join us at a free workshop provides to explore the role of Adult Education in the Great War – with a focus on the Workers’ Educational Association [WEA] in Leeds. We will look at the WEA’s campaign for educational reform during the war and in particular its opposition to the use of child labour – including the wartime employment of children in many Leeds factories. There will be opportunity to sample documentary material from local archives and to gain an introduction in how to research the lives of individual adult education tutors and students. If you have any family stories involving adult education and the Great War in Leeds, please let us know in advance. Booking: 0113 245 3304 / www.wea.org.uk/yh/
- This study day, coming on the centenary of Lord Kitchener's death and in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, aims to showcase some of the high level research being conducted by historians at Sheffield Hallam University. Expert talks will be offered on Kitchener, on Sheffield during the Great War, on the Battle of the Somme, on rural life in England during the war, and on internment and the treatment of enemy aliens. There will also be a session run by a local representative of the Heritage Lottery Fund on putting bids together for local and community history projects; and several local groups will be invited to set up stalls to provide information about their activities during the breaks. The day will end with a screening of the British documentary film made at the Battle of the Somme, which was first shown to British cinema audiences in August 1916.