Legacies of War 1914-18/2014-18

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds

Abstract

The Legacies of War Centenary Project at the University of Leeds is run by academics who have research interests in different aspects of the First World War and wish to share their knowledge widely during the years of the 100th anniversary of the War. The project's research and activities are structured around five thematic strands: Yorkshire and the Great War, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, War and Medicine and War and Resistance.

The 2014-18 Centenary of what was referred to at the time as the 'Great War' will be a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. The Legacies of War team is a registered partner of the Imperial War Museum's national Centenary activities. As part of the Legacies of War project, the team aims to initiate, participate in, and help to coordinate and publicise a series of events and activities that will take place across the Leeds/Bradford area in 2014-18. The team wants to engage the public with the First World War in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, community venues, schools, public spaces and at the University. Shared events will commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and will examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies.

The primary aim of this application to the Research for Community Heritage scheme is to enable the project team to build new and to strengthen existing partnerships with culturally diverse community groups and organisations in Leeds and Yorkshire with an interest in developing heritage activities focused on an aspect of First World War commemoration. We wish to encourage community engagement with University archives and venues, to develop projects with stakeholders, bring together staff, students and communities and to create an accessible repository of materials that would be maintained beyond the Centenary period. We also hope to introduce community groups who do not feel their heritage is connected to this historical event to the international and transnational context, diversity of experience, and ever-present cultural, social and technological legacies of the First World War in order to broaden its meaning for academic and non-academic audiences. It is our overall aspiration to facilitate an innovative, cross-cultural and intergenerational approach to the commemoration of the First World War.

Planned Impact

The Open Days described in the Case for Support will involve the participation of academics in existing community partnerships and in the development of new ones. One of our key aims is to open up the history of the First World War in order to engage a diverse range of community groups as broadly as possible. This will involve the mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise. In terms of the 'Legacies of War' team, we will focus particularly on lesser-known aspects of the conflict and its legacies, with researchers sharing the fruits of their research on topics such as the experiences of non-combatants, of POWs, of medical staff, of different ethnic and faith groups, and on lesser-known cultural products of the war.

We will seek to showcase aspects of the conflict that are likely to be most relevant to the Open Day attendees. Researchers will aim to introduce groups to the rich resources and sources held at the University, as well as inspire, enthuse and advise groups engaged in the development of their own heritage projects in this field. Equally, community groups, by sharing the details of their proposed heritage projects, will be benefiting the researchers by the passing on of their own knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm. With the support of our partner, Leeds City Council, we will aim to nurture and nourish partnerships between researchers and community groups and facilitate this mutual exchange by actively seeking to bring groups from the wider community who would not necessarily normally be attracted by 'academic' events into the University, while also encouraging researchers to engage with the community beyond the University's doors.

Publications

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Description - We developed collaborations with a number of local museums, arts organisations, schools and community groups
- we supported the submission of HLF grants based around WW1 topics
- we developed our public engagement skills through the organisation of engagement events and activities
Exploitation Route This grant led to three further AHRC grants in which the learning was taken forward and shared with further colleagues and community collaborators.
I have also been involved in a number of debates and roundtables with the HLF, Imperial War Museum, BBC, government departments (especially DCLG and DCMS) and other key players in the First World War Centenary.
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/legaciesofwar
 
Description One of the Open Days involved a short talk from a community researcher about the University's First World War memorial. As a result of this talk, further research was carried out and a number of missing names were unearthed. This then led to a successful internal funding bid for the University to add the missing names, a rededication (alongside an exhibition about the University in the war - see AH/KOO7882/1), which took place in October 2014. The research on the war memorial was also published by the community researcher in Stand To, the journal of the Western Front Association (this is not available online). The impacts are: - community researcher has commented on increased self-esteem as a result of seeing his research resulting in the addition of the - relatives of soldiers who were remembered commented on changed understanding of their family and of the war Other impacts from this award included the enhancement of HLF projects focusing on WW1 and its legacies through our support and engagement. This included encouraging visits to museums, archives, libraries and other sites of historic interest; new skills fostered by workshops held at the university; more in-depth and contextual knowledge around their particular localised projects.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description AHRC Research for Community Heritage Phase 2 funding
Amount £140,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/K007874/1 and AH/K007882/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 11/2014
 
Description First World War Engagement Centres
Amount £750,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description Collaboration with Leeds City Council (Museums and Galleries) 
Organisation Leeds City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We formulated a close working relationship in order to extend our reach to community groups potentially interested in WW1 projects, to open up collections, and to join forces in stimulating research and interest in WW1 centenary projects. We provided expertise, venues, access to University collections.
Collaborator Contribution Leeds Museums and Galleries provided expertise, venues, access to their collections.
Impact Outcomes of partnership: Joint working documents, for example a joint statement on the City and University's response to the Centenary of WW1 Jointly organised events, such as CPD events for teachers, public workshops, and museum exhibition.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Collaboration with several local community groups and community brokers on WW1 themes 
Organisation Leeds City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The project team ran two Open Days, as a result of which the university formed partnerships with several community brokers (such as Leeds City Council) and community organisations and associations.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Attended civic event commemorating Muslim contribution to the First World War, Leeds, February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I attended a workshop organised by local Leeds councillors celebrating the Muslim contribution to the war, and took part in round table discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Discovery Day co-run with HLF Yorkshire and Humber, Leeds, October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a Discovery Day in which projects from the Yorkshire and Humber gave short presentations, there were Q & A and networking opportunities to encourage the development of new First World War heritage projects. We had very positive feedback from the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hosted object handling and discussion session with New Focus, HLF Young Roots project attached to the Impressions Gallery, Bradford 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I organised and ran a workshop looking at First World War archives held at the University of Leeds, which formed the primary material of a book produced as part of an HLF Young Roots project 'No Man's Land', run by New Focus group, attached to the Impressions Gallery, Bradford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/projects/no-mans-land
 
Description Meeting with Leeds City Council and Leeds Museums and Galleries planning Armistice Flag project in 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a meeting to plan an Armistice flag making activity in Leeds to commemorate the end of the First World War. This will be run jointly by Gateways and Leeds City Council, and will end with events in Leeds City Music.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Leeds Museums and Galleries re: Jogendra Sen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Along with a local volunteer, we presented research on an Indian WW1 soldier who fought for the British Army, Jogendra Nath Sen, to a museum professional (Lucy Moore, First World War curator, Leeds Museums and Galleries). We supported her British Council funding application for a trip to India to liaise with a museum there who have his effects. This application was successful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with staff of West Yorkshire Archive service 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a meeting in June 2017 to discuss further collaborations around planned activities around the Centenary of the First World War, particularly their participation in an event around First World War medicine and nursing which is planned for September 2017. They introduced us to primary sources in their collections, and we agreed to work together to support community projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Open Days (to encourage interest in co-produced WW1 Centenary projects) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact -encouraged and inspired interest in WW1 collections and in new research directions
-encouraged community groups to submit Heritage Lottery Fund bids
-encouraged community groups to collaborate with academics on WW1 projects and vice versa

-co-produced WW1 projects funded by Heritage Lottery Fund or other sources
-encouraged new approaches to local WW1 heritage projects through exposure to research findings and to local collections
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Panelist at panel about museum/archive/university collaboration around First World War activities at the Berks conference, US, June 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a conference focusing on collaborations between academics and other organisations. Along with other academics, I discussed what I had learnt from collaborating with the National Archives, Kew and Leeds Museums and Galleries. There was an interesting Q & A afterwards, and I made contacts with several other organisations based in the US.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax, October 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a talk about women and work in the First World War to accompany an HLF funded exhibition 'For King and Country' at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description University of Leeds rededication of war memorial & launch of exhibition about the university in the First World War 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Around 200 people attended the ceremony and exhibition, including the Mayor, descendants of soldiers named on the memorial, and community and university researchers involved in the research. Attendees reported new knowledge about war, the university's role, and its impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.leeds.ac.uk/forstaff/news/article/4454/Twenty-five_names_added_to_University%E2%80%99s_Fi...
 
Description Workshop with cultural and creative industries from Yorkshire about plans for 2018, September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a workshop we organised attended by museums, arts organisations, local businesses, local authority personnel, and educators, to discuss plans to mark the end of the war in 2018. We formed new partnerships and made new plans for collaborative activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017