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Legacies of War at the University of Leeds is a First World War Centenary project for 2014-2018. The project will work with people and organisations in Leeds, the UK and internationally to explore the legacy of the First World War. For more information, see the About Us page, or email Kate Vigurs, the Legacies of War project officer on E.K.Vigurs@leeds.ac.uk
- Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Leeds, on the presence of anti-war sentiment in IWM collections. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are the University of Leeds and IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Ingrid Sharp of the School of Modern Languages, University of Leeds and Graham Boxer, Director of IWM North. The studentship, which is funded for three years full-time equivalent at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2014.
- A touching love letter from a young Frenchwoman to her sweetheart Tommy at the front has been unearthed by the University of Leeds. It was St Valentine’s Day, 1916. Preparations were already underway for the Battle of the Somme, which with more than a million casualties was one of bloodiest in history. In a touching mixture of faltering English and polite French, Eleonore Aneelle, a cafe owner’s daughter from a tiny Somme village, put pen to paper in a love letter to Private James Ivan “Jimmy” Menzies, a member of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment who had either been billeted at the cafe or was a regular visitor there.
- This international conference will be devoted to the impact of the Great War on the country house across Europe between 1914 and 1918. Owners, servants, estate workers and tenants responded in a variety of ways: men were sent away to fight, women volunteered as nurses, and houses were requisitioned. Often the impact of war was more powerfully felt at home in the form of anxiety, uncertainty, and bereavement, and these experiences cut across social strata.
- To mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the School of History will be hosting a special guest lecture on Wednesday 11th June, at 5 p.m. in the Rupert Becket Lecture Theatre.