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Starts this week! Free online course on WW1 and heroism

October 16th, 2014

A new online course about how the First World War changed traditional views of heroism is launched today by the University of Leeds, in partnership with the BBC. Starting in October, World War One: Changing Faces of Heroism, is a free online course that looks at the emergence of new kinds of heroes and heroines, such as ordinary ‘Tommies’ and front-line nurses, as well as alternative hero figures including anti-war campaigners. The three week course explores art, literature, film and television, where people will learn about the portrayals of heroism before, during and since the war. The course draws on the expertise of academics behind the University’s Legacies of War centenary project, as well as interviews, film and images from the BBC’s archives and the University’s Liddle Collection. Learners will also look at the war from a range of perspectives, with University of Leeds experts leading them through the changing British, French and German views of heroism.

Doncaster 1914-18 events at the Doncaster Heritage Festival 22 April-7 May 2017

April 13th, 2017

There are lots of free First World War events happening as part of the Doncaster 1914-18 HLF project

New project on British, Anzac and Turkish poetry of Gallipoli

April 13th, 2017

"Unheard Voices: British, Anzac, and Turkish Poetry of the Gallipoli Campaign” is a research project funded by the AHRC-funded Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre. The project aims to discover and publicise unknown and forgotten poets of the war poetry dedicated to the Gallipoli Campaign. “Unheard Voices” is also the first comparative project including a study of poems in English and Turkish by the poets of the two sides of the war.

New name added to Headingley war memorial

April 13th, 2017

In September 2016 the Legacies of War team were contacted by Graham Wright, whose grandfather Reginald Wright was killed on the 28th March 1918. His name was missed off the Headingley memorial when it was originally unveiled in 1921. However, thanks to Leeds City Council it was added in a ceremony on 2 April. Legacies of War members and local historians Dave Stowe and Andrea Hetherington, along with Alison Fell, were able to provide documents to help Graham approach the council with evidence that his grandfather should have been originally included.

Skipton German POW camp project: Exciting developments!

October 26th, 2016

Anne Buckley, who teaches German in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds, updates us on the Skipton POW diary project, which is a collaboration between the university, the Craven and the First World War project, and other partners.

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