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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.
- Dr Rachel Muers, who lectures in theology at the University of Leeds, has recently led a project called 'Reimagining a True Social Order', which explored how Quaker faith and social action today continues to be shaped by the aftermath of the First World War. The project draws on historical research and on interviews with contemporary British Quakers, and was funded by the AHRC Everyday Lives in the First World War Engagement Centre. Have a look at their website.
- Boomtown Girls is a new play written and performed by Joyce Branagh in response to a Heritage Lottery Fund project supported by Gateways to the First World War last year. The original project worked with three groups of residents: older people, teenagers and schoolchildren to find out about some of the women from Oldham whose lives were changed by the war. As a result of the project, they also got in touch with descendants of some of the women they researched. The wide range of women that the project focused on included nurses, doctors, factory workers and music hall artistes, and they all feature in the new play, which will be performed in September 2016 in venues in Lancashire and Yorkshire. For tickets and information about dates and venues click here
- Join us to investigate the untold story of child labour in the Great War – and discover the role of the local W.E.A. in its abolition • Participate in a hands-on session using original documents from the archives • Explore why and where local children worked during the war • Discover the role of the local W.E.A. in bringing about reform – and its educational work for a fairer peace • Learn about individual histories of child labour and the WEA and about how to trace family stories
- Community event explores why time stood still for hundreds of Germans and Austrians in a Yorkshire village during the First World War.