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Exploring ‘Gateways to the First World War’

ExploringGatewaysJan2015On Friday 16th January, over 50 of us gathered at the University of Kent to hear from the ‘Gateways’ team.

We heard from Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, who introduced the Gateways centre, its aims* and how it can and has supported various community projects. For example, Dr Will Butler from the university’s School of History, shared his experience of working with the Simon Langton School in Canterbury; and Ernie Brennan from the National Children’s Football Alliance with Dr Emma Hanna talked about Gateways support of the Peace Fields Project.

We also heard from Dr Zoë Denness (Gateways team) and Jon Beer (School of History) about how University of Kent students and other volunteers could get involved in your project. Student Ruben Rees told us how he had volunteered at Canterbury Cathedral Archive and supported them in their First World War research.

We were also joined by: members from the Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) who talked about their ‘Codename: Joined Up‘ First World War project; and from Blue Town Heritage Centre, the Royal Engineers Museum and Viola Films who described how they managed their joint ‘For the Fallen’ project.

Don’t forget, the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Then & Now‘ funding strand is still open for applications.

*’Gateways to the First World War’ is a centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The aim of the Gateways team is to encourage and support public interest in the centenary of the First World War through a range of events and activities such as open days and study days, advice on access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support.

Gateways can help you explore the following areas:

  • Memorials, commemoration and memory
  • Life on the Home and Fighting Fronts
  • The medical history of the First World War
  • Wartime propaganda and popular culture
  • Maritime and naval history
  • Operational and military history

Visit the Gateways website for more details

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Have you booked your place for ‘Exploring Gateways’?

Following on from successful First World War networking events in 2013, the Museum Development Programme has partnered with the AHRC-funded ‘Gateways to the First World War’ project, hosted at the University of Kent.  Gateways is an AHRC-funded centre for public engagement with the First World War centenary. The centre is managed by the University of Kent in partnership with the Universities of Brighton, Greenwich, Portsmouth, Leeds and Queen Mary, London. It also has close links with organisations such as the Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum and the War Memorials Trust.

The aim of the Gateways team is to encourage and support public interest in the centenary of the First World War through a range of events and activities such as open days and study days, advice on access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support.

In this afternoon session being held at the University of Kent on Friday 16th January, we invite you to meet the ‘Gateways’ team and hear about projects they are supporting and how they could support your own FWW projects.

Secure your place here

Programme of the Day:

12.00pm        Arrival & networking lunch

1.00pm          First World War projects from around Kent:

  • ‘Codename: Joined Up’ from the Dover Museums & Arts Group
  • ‘For the Fallen’ from ViolaFilms, Blue Town Heritage Centre and the Royal Engineers Museum

2.00pm          Introduction to ‘Gateways to the First World War’ project

Find out what it is, how is it funded, who is involved, why was it set up, what the aims are, what can the university offer, and how can it support community groups.

2.15pm          Student Volunteers

Hear how University of Kent students could support you with your project, from student Ruben Rees.

2.30pm          Break

2.45pm          Current projects supported by Gateways

Discussing how the Gateways partners have been involved and why this has been beneficial, using the following Case Studies:

  • Dean Evans from Langtons Boys School
  • Ernie Brennan from the National Children’s Football Alliance

3.30pm          How to get involved

If you’ve been inspired to work with the Gateways team, where do you go from here?

3.45pm          ‘Then and Now’ First World War funding stream from the Heritage Lottery Fund

4.00pm          End

Useful links:

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New ‘Gateways to the First World War’ website launched

GatewaysFWW_logoGateways to the First World War is a centre for public engagement with the Great War centenary, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

A new website has been launched which publicises Gateways news and events, encourages and supports public interest in the centenary organises open days and study days, advice on access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support.

Take a look at the new site at http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/.

Gateways to the First World War – regional schedule of events

GatewaysFWW_logo‘Gateways to the First World War’ is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict.

One of the key aims of the Gateways project is to encourage academics and the wider public to work together to discover connections between the local and the global during the First World War.

Find out more about the project here.

The Gateways team are running regular events to provide information, support and publicity to First World War commemorative activities.  Take a look at what is planned so far:

Sunday 28th September 2014

Open Day, National Maritime Museum

Tuesday 11th November 2014

‘Well-Remembered Voices’: Symposium & Play Readings, The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Friday 12th December 2014

One day symposium on the Christmas Truce at University of Kent (aimed at general informed audience, A Level students, etc.)

2015 Study Days x4

  • UK Military ancestors (Wed 25th Feb 2015) – University of Kent
  • German and Austrian experience of the First World War (Friday 20th March – date tbc) – University of Kent
  • UK non-combatant services (Society of Friends, YMCA, Nurses, Chaplains) (Friday 26th June – date tbc)
  • Home Front (Friday 20th November – date tbc)

Saturday 18th April 2015 (date tbc)

Family Day in association with the Royal Engineers

25th September 2015

Currently planning to develop an event to commemorate the centenary

Summer 2016

Performing the War conference.

Other events that may be of interest:

Thursday 16th October – ‘Catastrophe 1914: incident, error, design or none of the above’, talk by Professor Richard Langhorne University of Kent, Canterbury Campus

University of Kent hosts ‘Gateways to the First World War’ and want to hear from you

GatewaysFWW_logo‘Gateways to the First World War’ is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict. Gateways is based at the University of Kent and brings together a team of researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth, Brighton, Greenwich, Leeds and Queen Mary, London.

Aims of the project

One of the key aims of the Gateways project is to encourage academics and the wider public to work together to discover connections between the local and the global during the First World War. As Gateways’ Director Professor Mark Connelly stated, the conflict was, for Kent and the South East in particular, a ‘global event with global repercussions’ which took place ‘on the doorstep’.

The Gateways team is now looking forward to developing its work with local groups and organisations on a range of First World War projects across the UK. The Centre aims to encourage and support public interest in the conflict through a range of events and activities such as open days and study days, providing access to materials and expertise, and signposting for other resources and forms of support.

How to get involved

If you are a group or organisation developing a First World War project then the Gateways team would like to hear from you. They will be running regular events to provide information, support and publicity to First World War commemorative activities.

Gateways can help you explore the following areas:

  • Memorials, commemoration and memory
  • Life on the Home and Fighting Fronts
  • The medical history of the First World War
  • Wartime propaganda and popular culture
  • Maritime and naval history
  • Operational and military history

Gateways will be running a number of events relating to the First World War, including talks, open days and study days; please keep an eye on their events page for details.

Get in touch

Visit the Gateways website at www.gatewaysfww.org.uk.

The Gateways team can be contacted on gateways@kent.ac.uk and via Twitter and Facebook.

Funding & Support

Gateways does not have budget for funding projects directly, but it is working very closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund which is very keen to see its ‘First World War: then and now‘ scheme used to support community projects and collaborative activities between institutions and community groups.

Gateways does have budget for open days, study days and the like and so is very interested to hear from any institution wishing to host such activities in order to explore the potential for collaborative events of this nature. It should be noted that this budget does not cover individual time costs, but is to support elements such as travel, hospitality and publicity costs.

Forthcoming events include

  • 19th July 2014 – 25th January 2015 – ‘Lest We Forget’, an exhibition in conjunction with Portsmouth City Council
  • 13th September 2014 – A Family History Day at Brighton Museum in conjunction with Brighton Museums and Pavilion
  • 28th September 2014 – Gateways to the First World War Public Open Day, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
  • 12th December 2014 – ‘Representations of the Christmas Truce’, a one day symposium at the University of Kent

More details of these and many other projects can be found on the Gateways website at www.gatewaysfww.org.uk, or take a look at the Gateways booklet below:

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‘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:

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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 (www.frontlinekent.co.uk) which will hold a calendar of the events taking place across the county.  While this is in development, they have created holding pages at visitkent.co.uk/frontlinekent – 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 (Lynnette.Crisp@visitkent.co.uk) 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: lbellew@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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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 Robert.Illingworth@kent.gov.uk.

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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

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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.

Steering Group meeting – minutes

The Steering Group met on 10th October 2013 at the Royal Engineers Museum to discuss progress of the various working groups.

Read the full minutes here: FWW Steering Group – Minutes 10_10_2013

Centenary Plans – Update session, 4th Nov 2013

Join us at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham for an afternoon of networking and discussions around how Kent & Medway is planning to commemorate the First World War Centenary.

Hear from various organisations and their current plans, including:

  • ViolaFilms and their recent project, ‘Time Bleeds’, filmed in Folkestone
  • The National Children’s Football Alliance and the ‘Football & Peace’ project in Maidstone
  • Screen South’s recently successful HLF application developing the ‘Kent in WW1’ project for coastal Kent
  • An Arts & Humanities Research Council Co-ordination bid update from the University of Kent
  • News from the Lieutenancy and the commemorations they are supporting
  • An update from HLF on their First World War funding strand

This is a follow-on session from the previous afternoon get-together we held in March.  Since then, we have created a Steering Group to lead a co-ordinated approach to the sharing and promotion of information (including the launch of this blog), as well as 3 working groups, who we will hear from on the day.

To book, visit: http://fwwupdate.eventbrite.co.uk/ (PLEASE NOTE: You must represent an organisation who is planning something in commemoration of the FWW – many apologies, but this session is not for general members of the public.)

New FWW mailing list launched

At the last Steering Group meeting it was agreed that a shared mailing list should be created and as a result, I have now created a GoogleGroup.  This will replace the previous method of communication whereby messages came direct via myself and needed to be forwarded to the appropriate person – hopefully this new way will enable you all to keep in touch with each other directly.

How to contact all members?

If you have already expressed an interest in the Frontline Kent / FWW Kent & Medway group in recent months and have kindly provided me with your email address, then you will automatically be added as a member on GoogleGroups.

All you need to do if you want to send a message to everyone is email: fwwkentmedway@googlegroups.com (when you email the group, your personal email will be shown in the ‘from’ field).

How do new members sign up?

To join the group, simply follow this link (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/fwwkentmedway/join) and submit your email address.  You will shortly receive a confirmation email, and just need to follow the ‘Join this Group’ button.  This will take you to a confirmation page that tells you your subscription has been accepted.

If you are a new member, why not send us an email to introduce yourself and let us know how you would like to support the group’s work; or flag up some ideas, projects or potential partnerships you’d like to get involved with.

How to unsubscribe?

If you would prefer not to be included in this group and would like to unsubscribe, email: fwwkentmedway+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com

We’d really like to see the GoogleGroup actively used to have the conversations that we don’t have time for when at the meetings.

So get chatting; start contacting your fellow members with queries such as ‘we are doing X and we really need Y to help it along, which we think Z can do. Z, are you up for it?’

And don’t forget, we are always on the look out for useful information and updates to be added to the blog, so please send me (sarah.corn@brighton-hove.gov.uk) any information you have.

University of Kent applying for FWW Regional Co-ordination role

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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.