BBC South East Today reporter, Sara Smith, is working on their coverage to mark 100 years since the start of WWI – and wants to hear from you.
Sara is currently putting together a short piece on the role of women in Britain during the war. As well as using archives of women working on the land, in munitions factories and as firefighters, she’d like to touch on the overall impact on their lives both during and after.
She is particularly interested in gathering an overview of the impact on women upon taking over what were traditionally men’s jobs during the war – and then being removed from them just as quickly. If there is someone out there who might have a family story to tell, or you have some information in your archive or collection, then please get in touch with her directly.
Contact Sara Smith on: 07809 597697 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
BBC2, Wednesday 11th September 2013, 9pm
The Wipers Times, a satirical magazine written by frontline soldiers during the First World War, has been turned into a BBC drama showing tonight on BB2.
Penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, The Wipers Times tells the story of Captain Fred Roberts and Lieutenant Jack Pearson, who, in the bombed-out ruins of Ypres in 1916, discover a printing press. They use it to produce The Wipers Times – a humorous, satirical and subversive trench newspaper which proves hugely popular with soldiers – though not entirely with their superior officers.
Read more about the drama and the real life history of the magazine and its authors, at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/23931340
BBC 2’s trailer for The Wipers Times:
Are you giving Culture24 all your event details?
Culture24 is collecting First World War Centenary events for IWM and the BBC. They’ve already got some great Centenary events on their website, such as Nottinghamshire’s excellent Trent to Trenches campaign.
If you’re planning events to mark the Centenary, input them into their Direct Data Entry (DDE) and they’ll do the rest.
Don’t forget to sign up to IWM Centenary Partnership, you must do so before Culture24 can publicise your First World War Centenary events.
Why your event listings have the best chance of success – in their own words:
Culture24 has a reputation for having excellent quality listings. This is down to you. It’s why our partners, like the BBC want your data. Together we can raise the standard even further by adding more images, checking your venue details are correct and ensuring that you ‘tag’ events to their full extent. Why should you? It will improve your presence on our website and will enable us to approach even more potential partners.
At Swale Borough Council we are working to support local organisations planning First World War Commemorative Projects by providing guidance and promoting awareness and how to get involved.
We have produced a project form http://www.swale.gov.uk/assets/Community/World-War-I-Centenary-Project-Form.pdf and encouraged it’s completion and return in order that we can upload details on to a dedicated webpage on the Council’s website http://www.swale.gov.uk/centenary-ww1/ .
The North Kent Coast and it’s communities played a key role in the First World War and we want to ensure this is reflected in any acts of remembrance and commemoration that are planned locally during the centenary period.
If you are planning a regional project or event that will be working in the Swale area please let us know and we will signpost and direct you to those groups and local people that can add value to your project.
Download a specially curated DIY Exhibition, which has been designed and packaged for you to use in your own First World War displays.
Curated by IWM’s Principal Historian Nigel Steel, the exhibition is made up of text panels supported by timelines, case studies, photographs, objects and art from IWM’s extensive collections.
With this flexible resource, you can use as much or as little as you choose in your own displays. Download the full chronological overviews, or three time period packages: 1914: How did the war start?, 1915-16: How was the war fought? and 1917-18: How did the war end? You can also download a package that focuses on a particular theme such as politics, social history, world war, war on the Western Front and war at sea.
Please note, you MUST be signed up as a member of the Imperial War Museum’s 1914 Centenary Partnership to be able to access this resource – head to www.members.1914.org to sign up.
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 email@example.com
A: Amberley Publishing, The Hill, Merrywalks, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 4EP
T: 01453 847814
The Univesity of Kent have put together a few useful guidelines for Museums and Heritage organisations who are doing or thinking of doing things for the First World War Centenary. You can download a copy of them below:
IWM & brightsolid partner to create digital platform
Lives of the First World War
IWM (Imperial War Museums) and brightsolid, the online publishing and technology arm of publishing
group DC Thomson, are working in partnership to create Lives of the First World War – an innovative
and interactive digital platform to mark the First World War Centenary.
Lives of the First World War will hold the stories of over 8 million men and women who served in
uniform and worked on the home front. It will be the official place for communities across the world to
connect, explore, reveal and share even more about these people’s lives.
- IWM & brightsolid create ‘Lives of the First World War’ (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- IWM Marketing Meeting (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- Imperial War Museum and brightsolid to bring First World War Stories to Life Online (eogn.com)
- Lives of the First World War: Museum to create permanent digital memorial to 8 million who served (warhistoryonline.com)
- Help to honour the 8million unsung heroes of World War I (metro.co.uk)
- Lives of the First World War: Museum to create permanent digital memorial to 8 million who served (mirror.co.uk)
- brightsolid Online Technology Video (eogn.com)
- 2014 Real Poppy Campaign (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)
- IWM Updates (fwwkentmedway.wordpress.com)