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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/.

Commemorate the WW1 centenary through music with The Last Post project

lastpostSuperact is recruiting community organisations across the UK to take part in The Last Post project this November.

Inspiring people of all ages to come together to explore their First World War heritage, The Last Post project gives communities the chance to remember the impact World War One had on their area and to play   music from the era as a mark of commemoration.

At every event around the country, the Last Post will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in the community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to guitars and drums.

Last Post events this year will take place across the UK from 4th to 18th November 2014 as part of a ‘Last Post fortnight’.

To get involved and organise a Last Post event, community organisations and groups across the country can register for free now on The Last Post website to receive a toolkit, a WW1 songbook, training sessions and cash expenses to cover event costs.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support for the project, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive stated: “This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”

Dr Emma Hanna, of the University of Greenwich, is the Historical Adviser for The Last Post project, providing historical information on the music and memory of the First World War. Dr Hanna is a member of the Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre based at the University of Kent. Gateways has also provided support for The Last Post’s training and information programme, and we are keen to talk to other groups about how we might be able to help with centenary projects. Please contact us at gateways@kent.ac.uk for more information or visit our website.

For more information about The Last Post project visit www.thelastpostproject.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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