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Thursday 31st August Project Workshop

Dr James Wallis (University of Exeter & University of Essex) is the Co-ordinator for the ‘Refocusing Perspectives’ project.

The ‘Refocusing Perspectives’ group gathered at the Institute of Historical Research (London) on Thursday 31st August, for a second project workshop. A packed itinerary began with a fantastic and inspiring talk by Mike Sheil, the battlefield photographer behind the work ‘Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace’. A labour of love initiated in 2005, Mike has assembled a visually arresting collection of images. Since 2014, a selection of these have formed the basis of an outdoor photographic exhibition, which has toured across locations within Europe and America. To date, it has been seen by over eight million people, click here to view.

18/06/2017 # Refocusing Perspectives - Entry on Workshop for Website

Mike Sheil addresses members of the 'Refocusing Perspectives’ group (Photograph by David Harvey).

The group then learned about the work and activities of the ‘Living Legacies’ Engagement Centre from Professor Keith Lilley (Queens University Belfast). His presentation incorporated an imaginative example of utilizing digitized historic maps, to create a form of ‘Then and Now’ comparison.

Each volunteer then gave a ten minute presentation on their respective research projects, which they had worked on over the summer. It was testament to the quality of these talks that our programme itinerary went awry, on the back of so much interest and discussion generated. Furthermore it granted an opportunity to see how the ‘Then and Now’ mantra had been adopted by each of our participants, in differing and innovative ways. We were especially grateful to Dr Shanti Sumartojo (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Helen Mavin (Imperial War Museums) for their feedback and input towards proceedings.

Our focus is now on bringing collective findings together, and turning these into a temporary exhibition display. This will be launched at our project symposium event on Saturday 18th November.

Wednesday 30th August

Seminar Paper at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference, London. (Session 2, between 11.10 and 12.50, Session: 'State Commemoration in a Digital World')
"Between then and now - an exploration of commemorative First World War Photography"
James Wallis and David Harvey

Thursday 31st August

Workshop at the Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, 
"Refocusing Perspectives - Then and Now Photography of the First World War"
James Wallis, David Harvey and members of the Royal Photographic Society.

Contact D.C.Harvey@exeter.ac.uk for further information on either event.

Collaboration Meeting - 22nd March 2017

Building a network of practitioners - through collaboration, shared research and engagement with a wider public - on the theme of ‘Then and Now' First World War photography.

The purpose of the workshop was to foster a network of participants, willing to partake in, and contribute material towards, this research project. Over the half-day session, we developed a coherent plan of action; allowing participants to identify and collaborate on a series of research themes, and subsequently share skills, knowledge and findings.

2017-03-27 # Refocusing perspectives

Tyne Cot near Ypres (Belgium). This picture shows a small part of the largest Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery. A single image from ground level cannot show the scale of the place; the headstones, the names inscribed on the walls, or the personal tributes left. Photograph courtesy of David Barnes.

Download PDF of programme by clicking here.