Category Archives: Research Working Group

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association (SSAFA) records available to search

ssafaThe Soldiers, Sailors, Air force Association is the national charity providing practical help and assistance to members of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Their new website at http://1914.ssafa.org.uk/ allows users to search through historic annual reports or ‘Flag Book’ from 1914 which tell the story of life on the Home Front at the outbreak of World War One. Each digitised report covers part of SSAFA’s 1914 history.

To find out what happened in your local community you can browse through reports, or take a look at the list of contents below:

Victoria Cross recipients in Kent – have we remembered them all?

Victoria-CrossThe Victoria Cross (VC) was awarded 628 times to 627 recipients for action in the First World War (1914–1918).  Of the 627 recipients, 159 were awarded posthumously.

The Victoria Cross is a military decoration awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of armed forces of some Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories. It takes precedence over all other Orders, decorations and medals; it may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to civilians under military command.

Throughout history, there have been 93 men connected to Kent that received a Victoria Cross; the list of these names can be found at http://www.kentfallen.com/Vc%20register.html; for a list of grave locations for holders of the Victoria Cross in Kent, see http://www.victoriacross.org.uk/cokent.htm.  Find out more about the Victoria Cross at The Victoria Cross Society’s website.

But what about the Victoria Crosses awarded to Kent recipients during the First World War?  How are our Kent towns and villages remembering those members of the armed forces 100 years on? We’d like to hear from you about how you are planning to commemorate Kent Victoria Crosses.  Get in touch with sarah.corn@brighton-hove.gov.uk with your news and we will share it on this blog.

 

 

Kent and Medway in the First World War – timeline

The timeline of events across the county during World War 1 was researched by Time2Give volunteers using the archives at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone. It is part of a series of information and activities Kent County Council are organising as part of the First World War Centenary to commemorate those who lived, fought and died in the First World War.

To find out what happened in Kent 100 years ago today, visit www.kent.gov.uk/ww1 and take a look at this fantastic resource.

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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 erniebrennan@thecfa.co.uk / info@thecfa.co.uk, or 01732 424080 / 07813 082584.

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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.

Call to Action: Share and update the Kent & Medway FWW timeline

Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian – Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives,  and his team of volunteers have been busily researching the archives to find out what happened in Kent & Medway during the First World War.

View the abridged version of the timeline: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Abridged version

It is a fantastic resource, which museums, heritage groups, arts organisations, schools, and any other interested parties are free to use for their own purposes.  (Please note:  The entries in the international/national column are extracted from the Imperial War Museum First World War Timeline –  if you wish to publish any of the information included in this column, you must be a member of the IWM’s partnership programme.  Please contact extranet1914@iwm.org.uk to seek permission.)

View the full timeline: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Data Collection Version – at Nov 2013 (minus IWM data)

Can you add your local information?

We are now putting a call out to anyone who may have further, local information that they can contribute to the timeline.  All you need to do is add your entries to the template timeline below, referencing where you obtained the information, and return it to Rob Illingworth (Robert.Illingworth@kent.gov.uk).

Save a copy of the timeline template to add your own entries: Kent & Medway in the First World War Timeline- Template for entries- 2 example entries included

Kent connections to the Imperial War Museum uncovered

Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian – Local History, from KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives, has uncovered two figures with Kent & Medway connections, who were instrumental in the early story of the Imperial War Museum:

Martin Conway & his daughter Agnes Conway Horsfield.

Sir Martin Conway, the Museum’s first Director General, said that exhibits must “be vitalised by contributions expressive of the action, the experiences, the valour and the endurance of individuals”.

From 1917-1929, Agnes Conway worked on gathering materials representing women’s work in the First World War as a member of the Women at Work Committee of the newly established Imperial War Museum.

Martin Conway was born in Rochester.  Martin and his wife Katrina Conway bought and restored Allington Castle.  For further information, please take a look at the following links:

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/projects/pa-bio-higgon.pdf

http://www.tlemea.com/introduction.asp

http://www.kentarchaeology.org.uk/Research/Pub/ArchCant/Vol.028%20-%201909/15/337-362.htm

http://www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/conwayw.htm

http://rbkclocalstudies.wordpress.com/tag/martin-conway/

http://www.ai-journal.com/rt/printerFriendly/ai.1319/79

Agnes Conway was also involved in helping Belgian refugees who arrived at Ramsgate. The IWM Women, War and Society website has a pamphlet which she wrote with I R Y Marble  – “13 months’ work with Belgians” – which started in Oct 10th 1914, when she went to Ramsgate ‘under the auspices of the Wounded Allies Relief Committee, to help with the families of the first fifty Belgian wounded soldiers who were received in Britain.’

(Thanks to Kent library volunteer, Julia Booth, for identifying this information)

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.)

Get involved in Kent’s ‘Voices of the First World War’ book

Amberley Publishing are currently looking at commissioning a series of books entitled ‘Voices of the First World War’. These will tell the story of the war in different counties across England, and will be published to tie in with the approaching centenary in 2014.

They are looking at compiling letters, diaries, and other contemporary literature from a range of ‘voices’ – those fighting abroad and living on the home front – into a book about Kent’s First World War. Kent was one of the most important sites of the war in Britain, and they would love to include it in their series.

The book Amberley Publishing  are proposing will be largely made up of contemporary material, so the task would primarily involve typing up, arranging and editing the contemporary manuscripts, selecting images and photographs, and writing a short introduction to each section. Dependent on material, the book would probably be split into themes such as men at war, women at war, living at home, the front line, and what happened afterwards.

Amberley Publishing  are a leading publisher of local history titles, and also have a strong track record in general history. They focus largely on British history, and consequently, are very interested in the effect of the First World War on home soil. A book on the subject would serve to increase public engagement in Kent culture and heritage, and would help focus media attention on the county as one of the major remembrance sites for the centenary. They are aware of the huge importance of a project such as this one. It is vital to record these ‘voices’ and allow them to tell their story, particularly as there are sadly few remaining who are able to remember this time.

Christian Duck, Editor at Amberley Publishing would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in, and have the expertise for, such a project.  If you are interested and want to find out more about the work involved or royalty rates, please contact Christian Duck directly on c.duck@amberley-books.com 

A: Amberley Publishing, The Hill, Merrywalks, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4EP

T: 01453 847814

W: www.amberly-books.com

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Research Working Group meeting Agenda

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Rob Illingworth on: Robert.Illingworth@kent.gov.uk.

Research Working Group – Wednesday 5th June 2013, 10.30-11.30am

Kent History & Library Centre, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ

AGENDA

1. Kent & Medway timeline

A volunteer at the Kent History & Library Centre has begun working on an excel spreadsheet timeline (see attached).  She is drawing from a wide range of sources, some authoritative, some less so.  As an indicator of the coverage of the timeline across the districts in Kent & Medway, she is noting down place names relevant to the entries in a separate column.

What do the working group think of this format?  (See demo spreadsheet here)

  • Potential to create both full & edited versions of the timeline?
  • Potential to use the Kent Libraries Registration & Archives website as a platform for the timeline TBC.
  • Discuss with the KLR&A Information Services and Digital Inclusion team.
  • Potential to host the timeline on First World War Centenary Plans in Kent & Medway? https://fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com/
  • Potential for customer/volunteer involvement in timeline content creation?
  • Potential to include examples of relevant local “personal heritage” stories within the timeline?

OUTCOMES:

– Decision on format of timeline agreed

– Decision on where the timeline will be hosted

– Decision on who will contribute to timeline and how

– Identified themes/areas of research for timeline (eg. Coastal defence, civilians, naval etc) and who will research what for addition to timeline.

2. National timeline

Who has already signed up to the IWM’s Centenary Partnership programme (http://www.1914.org/partners/) and who has access to their national timeline?  Should this information be added to the above time?

OUTCOMES:

– Decision made on whether this information will be added to local timeline

– Person identified to carry out this work.

3. AOB

4. Date & Venue of next meeting