May 2019

Updated News 2019 WW1 Engagement Centres Festival –
‘Legacies of the First World War’ Shared Heritage -
Legacies of the First War, 18th – 22nd May 2019

What’s it all about?

To mark the end of the Centenary of WW1, a week of free public activities and events will be held across Northern Ireland, on the theme of Shared Heritage. The idea is to bring together heritage groups, projects and stakeholders to share experiences of exploring the legacies of WW1. These legacies connect the past with the present and we want to use Shared Heritage as a way of connecting communities from all across these islands, to help deepen our understanding and appreciation of the war in Britain and Ireland and its significance to us today. Our week-long Shared Heritage events are open to all, and cover topics such as archaeology and landscape, drama and creative arts, digital technologies, museums and exhibitions, led by the ‘Living Legacies 1914-18’ engagement centre and our partners. You can now sign up to the events by following the links below:

Please click here to read in full or see below for links to each event:

18 May 2019 09:00

20 May 2019 10:50

20 May 2019 14:00

20 May 2019 18:30

21 May 2019 10:00

22 May 2019 12:30


Updated News - Diverse Perspectives on a Global Conflict: Living Legacies and Migrant Voices of World War One

In April and May the ‘Diverse Perspectives on a Global Conflict’ exhibition continues to tour with Libraries NI. Currently on display in Draperstown, Co. Tyrone, the panels reflect on the story of World War One from the perspective of migrants currently living in Northern Ireland. Over the period of a year the exhibition was developed in collaboration between Ulster University and the North West Migrants Forum, funded by the Living Legacies 1914-1918 Engagement Centre. The panels were prepared by the participants themselves and tell the story of their country of origin during the war. The images and text illustrate how the conflict impacted on countries beyond Britain and Ireland and thus continues to have a legacy for migrants living in Northern Ireland today. Stories are presented from Poland, Italy, Romania, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guyana, China, Congo and Cameroon and show the true global impact of WW1 and its relevance to migrant communities living in Northern Ireland today. In May the exhibition will move to Enniskillen.

Dr Philip McDermott and Professor Elizabeth Crooke will provide a Community lecture at Enniskillen library on Friday 17th May at 1pm on the production of the exhibition and the findings from the research associated with the exhibition production.

The exhibition has now shown at the Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry; Ulster University, Magee Campus; The Ulster Museum; Ulster University, Belfast Campus, Omagh Library, Draperstown and Enniskillen Library. The work has also featured on the AHRC’s Beyond the Trenches Blog. It will continue to tour over the Summer with Libraries NI with other venues to be confirmed. 

Search for the piece on the AHRC’s  Beyond the Trenches Blog.    

Commenting on the project Lilian Seenoi from North West Migrants Forum noted “through this project our members have in some instances revisited histories they were aware of, whilst others have engaged with these sad stories for the first time. Projects like this are important in so many ways in that they show community organisations like ours how subjects like history and social science can help us in our own aims of promoting positive dialogue between migrants and the wider




On Tuesday 21st May, The Centre for Data Digitisation & Analysis officially launched the World War One Community Platform at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. 

This platform was made possible through generous funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council. We are grateful to our colleagues at the National Lottery Heritage Fund who developed the First World War: Then and Now grant scheme, and supported community research projects into the legacy of the First World War. We are indebted to the many project contributors for making such valued contributions to public understandings of WW1 histories and heritage, and for graciously sharing their research with us and allowing us to use it on our platform.

Thanks also go to the project management, research and design teams – Elaine Reid, David Hardy, Dr Rachel Tracey, Dr Heather Montgomery, Joshua Montgomery and Artisan Web NI – whose combined expertise was vital in bringing this platform to fruition.  


WW1 Digital Portal