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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
- 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.
- Given that 2014 marks the centenary of World War One, a group of second and final year Leeds University students, are researching the global impact of the war on our city. They are particularly interested in the changing perspectives of local soldiers who travelled abroad, including their experiences in foreign countries, their perceptions of home whilst away, and their thoughts on returning to their home city of Leeds. They have also been researching the roles of communities in Leeds in maintaining connections between local soldiers and the city through ideas such as flag days and the items which were sent abroad as reminders of home (footballs, sardines and Yorkshire relish seem to have been common requests!)
- How should we remember the First World War is an event that will take place at Leeds Trinity University on Wednesday 2nd April. The evening will support both teachers and members of the heritage education community in planning commemoration within their school or setting.
- Classics and Classicists in WWI Tuesday April 8th – Thursday April 10th 2014 Hosted by the Department of Classics, University of Leeds. Organized by Elizabeth Pender (Leeds) and Ed Richardson (Durham). Venue: The Brotherton Room, Special Collections, The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.