April 2015

Funding and FREE Resources for WW1 Arts & Heritage Project - The Last Post Project
Last Post Event during the Gallipoli Centenary 20-26 April 2015

2015/04/20-26 # Electronic Last Post Flyer Low ResFunding and FREE Resources for WW1 Arts & Heritage Project - The Last Post Project

‌Community organisations and Schools can apply for up to £200, and access a wide range of resources, including a new education/schools pack when delivering a Last Post Event during the Gallipoli Centenary 20-26 April 2015. Community groups, families, schools and a wide range of other organisations are being invited to research their local WW1 story and share their findings in a local commemorative event where the Last Post can be played on an instrument of choice, transforming commemoration into a community event, and enlarging our understanding of WW1 with personal stories. Our comprehensive toolkit has lots of ideas for projects, marketing materials and other resources that turn running an event into an easy process with the help of our regional project manager. Our songbook also has lots of music from the era for groups interested in bringing a musical element to their centenary event.

Finance is being awarded on a first come/first served basis, with groups displaying creativity, an inter-generational focus, and uncovering new stories qualifying for the full amount of £200. Please get in touch with our Northern Ireland Project Manager Cathie McKimm if you're interested cathie@superact.org.uk 07874 023528 or attend one of our Information Evenings coming up soon: Monday 30th March Carrickfergus Library 7-9 pm and Omagh Library Tuesday 31st March 7-9pm - find out about Information Evenings on our website where it only takes 5 minutes to register your event and be considered for funding. http://www.thelastpostproject.org.uk 

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Connecting Communities through researching First World War Heritage
15-16 April 2015

Newcastle University‌On 15 and 16 April 2015, Newcastle University hosted two successful events showcasing First World War research, which were attended by over 70 people across the two days. The events were presented in association with Living Legacies and the AHRC, and were both generously supported by the McCord Centre for Historic and Cultural Landscape at Newcastle University, alongside the Newcastle Institute for Social Renewal and the Newcastle Humanities Research Institute.

The first of the two events, on Wednesday 15 April, was a First World War Postgraduate Symposium, at which postgraduate researchers from 9 institutions across the UK presented their research on the First World War and its legacies. The speakers covered a wide range of fascinating topics, from literary and artistic responses to the First World War to the role of women in both war and pacifism, and from military technologies and empire to activities on the home front.

To download a copy of the programme for this event please click here (PDF format)

2015-04-16 # Connecting CommunitieeThe second event, which took place on Thursday 16 April, was entitled ‘Connecting Communities Through Researching First World War Heritage’, and brought together community and academic researchers working on projects during the First World War centenary commemorations in the North East of England. The projects showcased at the event approached the war from a range of different perspectives, and through a variety of different methods. These included the artistic and creative responses of Applied Comics, etc. (Newcastle University), Wor War (YMCA North Tyneside), Wor Women on the Home Front (South Tyneside Women’s Health & Curiosity Creative), and Decoded 1914-18 (Newcastle University and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums). Alongside these, several projects focused on using digital technologies to either map the impact of the First World War on the region, to digitize and preserve archival materials, to investigate and record the lives of those featured on local war memorials, and to preserve the memorials themselves. These projects included: Durham at War (Durham County Council & Record Office); Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project; Northumberland at War (Northumberland Archives); The Universities at War (Dr Jane Webster and Ian Johnson of Newcastle University); and CARE of War Memorials in North East England (Dr Myra Giesen of Newcastle University). In addition to detailed and informative presentations from representatives of these projects, the event also featured a presentation from Dr Keith Lilley and Dr Paul Ell, PI and Co-I of Living Legacies at Queen’s University Belfast, as well as a stimulating keynote on non-invasive landscape archaeology of the First World War in Flanders from Professor Veerle can Eetvelde of the University of Ghent. The event concluded with a lively roundtable discussion in which community and academic researchers developed initial plans for future collaborations.

To download a copy of the programme for this event please click here (PDF format)

The photo was taken at the Connecting Communities event on Thursday 16 April, and features Gill Parkes from the Durham at War project demonstrating the digital map available on the project’s website. 

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