Stories of Omission: Conflict and the experience of Black soldiers
This is a unique chance to gain, hone and develop excellent research skills whilst helping to uncover untold stories that speak of the experiences of Black soldiers during and after World War I. The project will focus upon representations within the media and popular culture around that time, as well as revealing previously hidden / ignored / omitted information, narratives and stories.
There is much to be explored and this is a chance to investigate, reveal and contribute pieces of our history that are often overlooked. You will be fully briefed on the project scope, trained and supported with some ideas and areas of focus. In return, we ask for your commitment, enthusiasm and support with this exciting project.
The first meeting will be held at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 11th February from 1pm until 4pm in the Heritage Learning Space, 4th floor (address: Centenary Square, Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2ND).
The project will be fully outlined and we will provide you with contacts for support. Please come along – all volunteers are greatly appreciated, whether you are able to give an hour’s support or several, everyone is welcome.
This is our chance to reveal our history for the future - come and join us!
Ccontact Garry Stewart for further info:
FUNDING EXTENDED FOR LIVING LEGACIES
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has announced that it is continuing funding for the five First World War Engagement Centres set up as part of the nation’s commemoration of the Centenary of the conflict.
This new funding for the second phase of the Centres will total £2million over the next three years. The programme is part of an ongoing partnership between the AHRC and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Since their establishment in 2014 the five Engagement Centres, each linked to a consortium of Universities inlcuding one at Queen's University Belfast, have collaborated with hundreds of community groups across the country and provided support to over 150 HLF-funded First World War community projects.
Continued AHRC funding means the Centres will be able to support academic researchers to work with an even greater range of community groups and HLF-funded projects over the next three years.
Professor Keith Lilley, Director of the 'Living Legacies 1914-18' centre, said: “I am pleased that the support for the centres is being continued. Living Legacies 1914-1918 connects academic and public histories, and continues to explore the enduring impact of the conflict and First World War heritage.”
Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “The Centres have demonstrated that collaboration between communities and academic researchers can generate fresh and important insights on the history of the First World War as well as on its heritage and legacy for diverse communities across the UK today. I am delighted that the AHRC will be continuing to support the First World War Engagement centres for the remainder of the Centenary, extending its partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund."