Co-Ordinating Centres for Community Research & Engagement to Commemorate the Centenary of the First World War
In response to the above call, issued in May 2013, historians from the universities listed here have formed a consortium to bid for £500,000 to establish a Coordinating Centre at the University of Kent. If successful this will be one of between 5-7 regional hubs which will manage, in partnership with the HLF, community projects connected with the First World War centenary. The primary aims of the project are to build a dialogue between academic and public historical research, and to assist communities in exploring their heritage.
The Centres will operate in co-operation with other major project partners in the heritage sector such as museums and archives. This will be done by a range of activities including:
- A website to coordinate and inform the Centre’s network
- Open lectures, seminars and conferences on war-related subjects
- Family history workshops
- Tours of archives and relevant collections
- Information events and open days
- Self-tour guides to the battlefields and significant war-related locations
- Visits to schools, colleges and community centres
- Providing advice on further bids to the HL
The proposed centre will be led by Professor Mark Connelly at the University of Kent who will be supported by four Co-Investigators who are all established experts in the field of First World War history. The decision will be announced: October 2013 and if successful, phase one will run from 1st January 2014 – 31st December 2016.
Mark would welcome any letters of support for this application. Please contact him directly on: M.L.Connelly@kent.ac.uk.