University of Kent applying for FWW Regional Co-ordination role

Unis in partnershipConnected Communities Programme: Care for the Future Theme 

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.

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