Monthly Archives: February, 2014

InfoAktiv – ‘Get your WW1 displays off to a flying start’

InfoAktivInfoAktiv’s World War 1 AppStore is now Live!

Thinking of creating interactive displays as part of your First World War exhibition/offer?  Take a look at what InfoAktiv have on offer:

            • The fastest and easiest way to create interactive displays.
            • Over 200 screens of ‘Ready-to-use’ information about the First World War are available already (see back page).
            • ‘Pick ’n’ mix’ what you need to build your own InfoAktiv displays then edit the content and appearance to make it your own.
            • A result of the AMOT/Heritage Branch/InfoAktiv collaborative project.

For more information, contact:

Trish Gillett

t)    +44-(0)-1730-320322 e) w)

Take part in the Peace Day Celebrations

Ernie Brennan (Director of the National Children’s Football Alliance) would like to invite all Centenary Partners to take part in the Peace Day Celebrations being held as part of the Football & Peace project.

The day is being held on Friday 25th April at Maidstone United Gallagher Football Club, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ, and is FREE to all.  Partners are invited to set up a First World War themed display/stand between 10am-4pm.  To see the full programme of the day, visit their website here.

For further details and to register your interest, contact Ernie asap on /, or 01732 424080 / 07813 082584.


‘Frontline Kent’ Plans for commemorating the First World War Centenary in Kent are coming together

As many of you know, last March the Museum Development Programme in Kent & Medway held a First World War themed networking session (with a follow up held in November).

At the meeting, various working groups were established to help build a county-wide overview of various themes, including marketing, research, education and overall event co-ordination.

Progress has been made in each area:

FrontlineKent_LOGO_portraitFWW Marketing

Visit Kent lead the Marketing Working Group and since last summer, have been establishing the ‘public face’ of all our events and activities through their ‘Frontline Kent’ campaign.

They will soon be launching a dedicated website ( which will hold a calendar of the events taking place across the county.  While this is in development, they have created holding pages at – find out what events are currently listed here.

To add your event, activity or exhibition, all you need to do is complete this form and return to Visit Kent. I have been co-ordinating discusssions with Visit Kent, Culture24, and the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to enable the sharing of these event details – this means, if you fill in Visit Kent’s form, your details will also get transfered to Culture24 and the IWM’s own databases under the ‘Frontline Kent’ banner.

All museums supplying details to Visit Kent will have access to the Frontline Kent logo for their own marketing materials. Please contact Lynnette Crisp ( to request a copy of the logo if you have’t already received it.

Journalist Lesley Bellew is keen to include a comprehensive 2014 diary of events in the KM’s upcoming World War One supplements. She will be using the list of events on Visit Kent’s website to gather information and will try to include as much as possible, but if you would like to flag something up to her directly, please email:

FronlineKent_timelineFWW Research

The Research Working Group is being led by Rob Illingworth from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives. Along with a Time2Give give volunteer, he has been compiling a timeline of all Kent & Medway related events that took place between 1914-24.

The information has been uploaded into an online timeline, which is accessible to all – you are encouraged to use and link to it on your own sites. It is a fantastic resource and Rob is keen to keep adding more information – therefore, if you have anything that you have been researching in your local area and would like to share, please get in touch with Rob directly at

WW1_toolbox_websiteFWW Education

The Museum Develompent Programme has been in contact with the South East Grid for Learning Associates (SEGfLA) in relation to First World War education tools.

A resource that is being promoted to all schools in the South East is the First World War Toolbox developed by the SEGfLA. The website offers the visitor access to a vast range of Teaching & Learning resources (most of which are free) to research the period 1914-18 or to plan a enquiry based history project.

There are plans to support museums in the creation of resources that can be used in conjunction with the online toolbox, so watch this space…

Trinity College have put together some information about how Arts Award can be linked to creative projects inspired by the FWW. They will be producing further resources and would welcome suggestions of information that would help museums.

FWW Co-ordination

At the March meeting, a FWW in Kent & Medway Steering Group was set-up, with Professor Mark Connelly from the University of Kent as Chair, and myself acting as secretary and maintaining the links between all interested organisations (via our FWW blog and mailing list).

Since then, Professor Connelly has led a consortium bid for £500,000 to the Arts & Humanities Research Council 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 HLF

We are awating the final outcome of the bid – details will be shared asap as this will underpin and cross reference all the above work that we have already achieved.

Don’t forget to register with the Imperial War Museum


The First World War Centenary Partnership is a network of over 2,000 local, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museums).

Being a member of the Partnership gives each one of us a stronger collective voice, visibility through the First World War Centenary brand and website, access to a wealth of expertise and resources.

Centenary News website update

Earlier this month, the Centenary News website underwent various upgrades.  New features include a Book Zone, Debates section, advertisement and new search options.


The following is taken from a Centenary News article:

Book Zone

The new Book Zone has been launched in anticipation of the large amount of publications relating to the First World War and its Centenary in the coming years.

We are focusing on both fiction and non-fiction books, by providing descriptions and user-submitted reviews.

If you would like to write a review for us, or think a book should be added to our list, please contact us.


Reflection on the First World War and how it is being commemorated is sparking debate across the globe.

Centenary News will be keeping up to date with the latest discussions and invites you to add your comments.

Our first debate focuses on whether the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, was right to say that Britain should commemorate a “just war”.


We have created spaces on the homepage for advertisement for First World War organisations and Centenary events.

If you would like to discuss advertising on Centenary News, please contact us.

Search options

We have added two new search tools to the website. The first, an interactive map, will allow you to search for stories by country.

The second search feature, which is on the homepage, is by category.

An update on the Football & Peace project

The National Children’s Football Alliance, based at Kings Hill, are leading the HLF-funded Football & Peace UK project for school children aged 11-14:

The Football & Peace UK pilot project is inspired by the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914 and explores the role of sport during the First World War as reflected in the experiences of local people.

In January 2014, the Kent History & Library Centre & Maidstone Museum hosted Football & Peace First World war learning sessions for visiting school parties from:

  • High Weald Academy, Cranbrook
  • Swadelands School, Lenham
  • Herne Bay High School
  • Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne
  • The Isle of Sheppey Academy, Minster

As part of the learning session at the KHLC, the students investigated our First World War local history resources in a range of formats and answered research questions.

Research themes included:

•         First World War Sport & Propaganda

•         First World War Sport & Recruitment

•         Taking a stand for Peace:

Exploring the stories of Conscientious Objectors in Kent

•         Marking the peace in Kent

•         Walter Tull- From Folkestone boy to First World War icon

The NCFA were filming for a project documentary during our January FWW learning sessions.

A key future date for Football & Peace project activity will be Friday 25th April 2014: ‘A Peace Day Celebration at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United Football Club’.  The event is for Participating Schools, First World War Centenary Partners, Special Guests & the General Public.  Project work undertaken by school project participants will be displayed and recorded.  There will be a range of sport activities for school project participants, played in the spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce.

(with thanks to Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian- Local History, KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives)

The Art of War

Are you looking for an innovative and visual way of portraying war statistics or army maneuvers in your First World War exhibition?  Have you thought of infographics?

Although it doesn’t cover the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars, the Online Military Education team have created a good example on their website:

Art of War

Presentation of ‘The First & The Last’ film, plus Q&A

For those of you who attended the First World War Update session in November 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum, you will recall that Andrew Morgan from Dover Transport Museum presented the Belgium Tourist Office’s film, ‘The First & The Last’ to the group.

Andrew Morgan is working in conjunction with the Belgium Tourist Office on a range of their events, providing translation and other services.  His personal connection to Belgium is that his maternal grandmother was born in Liege in 1899 and witnessed the arrival in the City in 1914 of the German cavalry ‘les Uhlans’ and also the arrival of one of the ‘Big Bertha’ siege guns which were used to destroy most of the surrounding ring of fortifications. Following the occupation of the City and indeed the majority of the Kingdom of Belgium, she escaped to the UK with her elder sister via neutral Holland and worked in Glasgow as a nurse.   These memories she held clearly until she passed away many years later.

The First and The Last

Andrew is now offering his services free of charge (apart from travel expenses) to come to an event of your choice, and present the film, followed by a Q&A.  He is particularly keen to concentrate on what occurred in Belgium prior to and leading up to the British Declaration of war on August 4th 1914, and the first military engagements of the BEF at Mons later that month.

For those who would like to discuss further, please contact Andrew direct on