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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.
- Roll up, roll up! On Sunday 23 July, Cusworth Hall near Doncaster will be turning back time for a wartime summer gala, revealing how our great-great-grandparents found fun, and supported the home front war effort, 100 years ago. ‘Life on the Home Front Day’ is a wartime knees-up of fairground games, songs, and home-baking, with a chance to meet ‘real-life’ people and animals who served on the Home Front, from warhorses and soldiers in thrilling live action displays, to land-girls wearing shocking new ‘trouser’ fashions.
- Cynthia Ruston has recently published a book about the 48 men of Meanwood, Leeds, who lost their lives in the First World War
- An illustrated presentation: Sunday 9 July 2017, 1pm at Roundhay School, main entrance Old Park Road, Leeds LS8 1ND Admission £5, under-19’s free. Pay on the door or by PayPal via www.forp.org The speakers will be Rowland Burley, grandson of Ding, also an airline pilot, and Robert Blackburn, grandson of the founder and chairman of Blackburn Aircraft Company. This presentation marks the centenary of Rowland Ding's death and commemorates his extraordinary life and achievements, setting them in the context of the times in which he lived, and the early days of flying in and around Leeds.