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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.
- Men, Women and Care. Applications open for 2 ERC funded PhD studentships. These studentships form part of the Men, Women and Care project Led by Dr Jessica Meyer, part of the Medicine and War strand of the Legacies of War research and engagement hub
From a boy soldier to communications breakthroughs: Leeds’ contribution to latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biographyen and women who shaped the First World War – on the front line and on the home front – are highlighted in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, just out. Four of the 30 new biographies were written by experts at the University of Leeds. They include the story of Leeds boy soldier Horace Iles. Professor Alison Fell, who leads the Legacies of War centenary project at the University, tells how the blacksmith’s apprentice, from the Woodhouse area of the city, enlisted with the Leeds Pals at 15, claiming he was 18. Iles died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1 1916.