Project 4 - Mapping UVF Members from West Belfast in 1913-14 who Served in the Great War

‌As part of the AHRC Connected Communities Festival this event involves both a walking tour and workshop. The event will incorporate a talk, given by Professor Richard Grayson (author of ‘Belfast Boys’), followed by an interactive walking tour of West Belfast, using Geospatial technologies, to map and visit the addresses of around a dozen men who served in the British army in WWI and who were members of the pre-war UVF, some from the Shankill and some from the Falls. The talk and tour will cover the personal and shared history of the soldiers and what happened to them during the Great War.

West Belfast is an area rich in contested cultural heritage and with strong community interest in WW1. An Chulturlann has been chosen as the venue given its immediate proximity to the initial calling points on the walking tour. The tour is built around original data gathered by Prof. Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London) on the origins of the local men that served in the UVF, and a new digital spatial resource created in collaboration with Conor Graham (GIS Unit) and Paul Ell (CDDA), School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast through the Living Legacies 1914-18 Public Engagement Centre.

We are very grateful to John Dougan for providing many of the photographs of individuals used in this project, from the J & C Dougan Great War Index.