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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.

Free WW1 Family Day in Doncaster, Sunday 23 July

July 11th, 2017

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.

Meanwood Men: local history book published

June 15th, 2017

Cynthia Ruston has recently published a book about the 48 men of Meanwood, Leeds, who lost their lives in the First World War

Free talks and evening poetry event with Ian Macmillan: All welcome!

May 23rd, 2017

“Unheard Voices: British, Anzac, and Turkish Poetry of the Gallipoli Campaign” is a one-day conference funded by the AHRC-funded Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre. “Unheard Voices” is organised by the University of Leeds in partnership with Leeds City Museums and Galleries.

Story behind the First World War cemeteries and why they matter

May 18th, 2017

Legacies of War member Alison Fell was interviewed for a recent article in the Yorkshire post. One of the reasons we have such precise, and sobering, figures is down to the meticulous work of organisations such as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), established a hundred years ago this month. By April 1915, a war graves unit had been attached to the British Army tasked with recording the details of those killed. However, two years later with no end to the conflict in sight and the number of casualties escalating, it was felt that a separate government body was needed so the Imperial War Graves Commission (later the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) was established by Royal Charter.

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