January 2016

Drama: The Halfway House
Tuesday 19th January 7.00pm at Sean Hollywood Arts Centre

2016-01-19 # Drama: The Halfway House

Creative CentenariesHistorian Philip Orr has announced details for a new drama piece exploring the events of 1916, The Halfway House.

Set in 1966, the drama will play out in a snow bound pub in the Sperrins when two women meet by chance.

During the conversation that follows the two discover personal connections to the wartime events from 50 years previously both in Ireland and abroad. The piece will be followed a public discussion.

The project has received the support of the Community Relations Council. 

Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Bank Parade, Newry, Armagh

For more information please visit this link

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2016-01-19 # All Island Commemoration Netowrk - Ireland

Sophie Long will be attending on behalf of Living Legacies 1914-18.

Public Workshops and Roundtables at Maynooth University 

19th January and 6th April 

Three notable aspects of the ‘Decade of Commemorations’ thus far have been the lack of an all-island commemorative strategy; the underrepresentation or outright exclusion of women scholars/ artists/ writers/ activists / stakeholders from major events (the RIA’s ‘Global Perspectives on the Rising’ series and the Abbey Theatre’s ‘Waking the Rising’ programme are two high profile examples); and its domination by historical discourse and by historians. These public talks and roundtable events, taking place at Maynooth University on Tuesday 19th January and Wednesday 6th April, aim to diversify approaches to the ‘decade of commemoration’. They focus intentionally on ‘women and the decade of commemorations’ as a corrective to the current national conversation, seeking to showcase the scholarly and creative work of women working in an Irish cultural context, as well as to initiate discussion about women of the period of a century ago. Finally, they aim to consider the ways in which the ‘decade of commemoration’ has in fact limited discussion and debate about commemorations perceived to lie outside of its remit (such as the 20thanniversary of the closing of the last Magdalene laundry).

Scholars, writers, art practitioners, activists and community workers are invited to attend to participate in roundtable discussions, with the longer term goal of establishing an inclusive, all-island commemoration network.


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Major Miss Bell: Gertrude Bell and the First World War
Level 2 of the Robinson Library, Newcastle University

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Newcastle University Robinson Library Special CollectionsMajor Miss Bell: Gertrude Bell and the First World War

Exhibition runs from 9th November 2015 to 15th January 2016

Cartographer, archaeologist, interpreter, photographer, Gertrude Bell (born 1868 at Washington New Hall, County Durham) is perhaps best known as a central figure in British political movements in the Middle East during the early twentieth century. Appointed the appointed Oriental Secretary in 1917, her expertise in the geography of the Middle East led to her involvement in the Cairo Conference of 1921, in which she played a central role in the formation of Iraq. Often overlooked, however, is the range and extent of the work Bell undertook during the First World War, which took her from Boulogne to Baghdad. Curated by Dr Emma Short (School of English, Newcastle University & Living Legacies 1914-1918), this exhibition of material from the Gertrude Bell Papers, held in Newcastle University Robinson Library Special Collections, explores the impact of the First World War on Bell’s life and legacy.

The exhibition can be seen on Level 2 of the Robinson Library, Newcastle University, and all are welcome to visit. Staff on reception will be happy to admit visitors without a Newcastle University Library card.  

PHOTOGRAPH Newcastle University Robinson Library Special Collections

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3rd AHRC Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium
14 January 2016 to 16 January 2016 - University of Lincoln; Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS,

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3rd AHRC Connected Communities

14 January 2016 to 16 January 2016
University of Lincoln; Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, 

Sophie Long will be presenting a paper on behalf of Living Legacies 1914-18 in January 2016.  The call papers has now closed, but there is still time to register to attend.

The AHRC funded Heritage Network http://www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk/  provides a forum and support for both academics and community partners working on Connected Communities and Digital Transformation Heritage Projects.

Our last symposium held in Sheffield was a great success with over 60 delegates sharing the results and experiences of their AHRC and HLF funded projects. Details of last year’s event can be found at http://www.heritagenetwork.dmu.ac.uk/symposium

The symposium is aimed at university researchers, community groups, creative professionals as well as cultural organisations focussing on Heritage. The symposium will be a great opportunity to share outcomes and discuss experiences from a wide variety of Heritage related research projects.

See the call for EOI here: Heritage Symposium News


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Ireland 2016

Next year we will mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, a key moment on Ireland’s path to independence. Ireland 2016 is an open invitation to everyone, of all ages, both here in Ireland and overseas,to join in a year of commemoration, conversation and exploration – through the arts, through historical research and exposition, through the Irish language, through education and children’s events – from which a new and more expansive sense of Irish identity can emerge.

An bhliain seo chugainn beimid ag comóradh cuimhneachán céad bliain Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916, ar thráth chinniúnach é i dtriall na hÉireann ar an neamhspleáchais. Is é is Éire 2016 ann ná cuireadh oscailte do gach duine, beag beann ar aois, anseo in Éirinn agus i dtíortha thar lear, páirt a ghlacadh i mbliain ina mbeidh comóradh, comhrá agus iniúchadh óna bhféadfaidh braistint féiniúlachta Éireannaí nua agus níos leithne teacht aníos trí na healaíona, trí thaighde agus mhíniú ar an stair, tríd an nGaeilge, trí oideachas agus trí imeachtaí do leanaí.

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