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.
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.
2.45pm 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
- Gateways to the First World War website: http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/
- Gateways Blog: http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/gateways/
- HLF’s ‘Then & Now’ funding stream: http://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/first-world-war-then-and-now
- First World War News in Kent & Medway Blog:https://fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com/
- FWW GoogleGroup sign-up:https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/fwwkentmedway/join
- IWM Centenary Partnership: http://www.1914.org/
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
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
‘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.
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: