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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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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

Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones – stones being laid today, 23rd August 2014


MP Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary, addresses the crowds in East Grinstead this morning

Throughout August and September 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles will honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War.  Commemorative paving stones will be laid in the birth place of Victoria Cross recipients to:

  • honour their bravery
  • provide a lasting legacy of local heroes within communities
  • enable residents to gain a greater understanding of how their area fitted into the First World War story

A total of 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded during the First World War:

  • 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients
  • 173 were awarded to servicemen who fought for Britain, but were born overseas
  • 1 person was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War

See the full list of Victoria Cross recipients.

The first Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone is being laid today (Saturday 23rd August 2014) , at East Grinstead High Street to honour Private Sidney Godley VC.  You can find out more about Sidney Godley in East Grinstead Museum’s exhibition ‘For King and Country’ (visit their website or Facebook page for more details).

Other commemorative paving stone events taking place today are:

  • Corporal Charles Garforth VC – Brent, London
  • Lieutenant Maurice Dease VC – Dublin, Ireland
  • Lance Corporal Charles Jarvis VC – Fraserburgh (Aberdeenshire Council)

For more details of forthcoming events taking place across the county, visit the Government website.

When are the Kent events taking place (and have we remembered all the Kent VC recipients)?  Let us know and we can share the details here on the blog.

FWW toolkit from the DCMS

DCMS-community-toolkitThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released a ‘First World War centenary toolkit for local communities‘.  From finding events in your area to advice for organising your own commemorations, this First World War centenary programme toolkit provides bitesized facts and suggestions to help local communities get the most from the centenary programme.

The easy-to-navigate guide has lots of helpful ideas, suggestions and links to the most up-to-date information on local and national events and activities.

Take a look at other Government First World War Centenary news and initiatives,  here.


Does your local war memorial need conservation?

memorialThe War Memorials Trust administers three grant schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.  Information on each grant scheme, eligibility and the application process can be found under the respective grant scheme headings.  The ‘Advice for applicants’ section provides detailed guidance on how to undertake all stages of a memorial project and the grant process.

If you think your project may be eligible for funding, the first stage for any funding enquiry is to complete a ‘Grants Pre-application form’. If the project is eligible for funding an application form for the appropriate scheme will then be provided.

Types of works we can fund:

  • Conservation
  • Like-for-like repair
  • Structural repair/stabilisation
  • Reinstatement of lost elements that form an integral part of the design
  • Addition of names where they can be accommodated on the memorial
  • Professional condition surveys and structural reports

Types of work we cannot fund:

  • New war memorials
  • Maintenance
  • Inappropriate work or methods
  • Relocation, unless the memorial is ‘at risk’ and as a last resort
  • Works to graves of any type
  • Applications to multiple schemes administered by the Trust for the same work
  • Where the work has already started or been completed

All the grant schemes are open to anyone to apply; individuals or organisations, including councils. If you are not responsible for the war memorial you must provide written proof that you have the custodian’s consent to carry out the proposed works.

DON’T FORGET: the War Memorials Trust have have developed its Learning Programme to teach young people, the next generation of war memorial custodians, about the history and significance of war memorials.  View their website here.

InfoAktiv – ‘Get your WW1 displays off to a flying start’

InfoAktivInfoAktiv’s World War 1 AppStore is now Live!

Thinking of creating interactive displays as part of your First World War exhibition/offer?  Take a look at what InfoAktiv have on offer:

            • The fastest and easiest way to create interactive displays.
            • Over 200 screens of ‘Ready-to-use’ information about the First World War are available already (see back page).
            • ‘Pick ’n’ mix’ what you need to build your own InfoAktiv displays then edit the content and appearance to make it your own.
            • A result of the AMOT/Heritage Branch/InfoAktiv collaborative project.

For more information, contact:

Trish Gillett

t)    +44-(0)-1730-320322 e)   trish.gillett@infoaktiv.com w)   http://www.infoaktiv.com

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.


‘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


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.

Centenary News website update

Earlier this month, the Centenary News website underwent various upgrades.  New features include a Book Zone, Debates section, advertisement and new search options.


The following is taken from a Centenary News article:

Book Zone

The new Book Zone has been launched in anticipation of the large amount of publications relating to the First World War and its Centenary in the coming years.

We are focusing on both fiction and non-fiction books, by providing descriptions and user-submitted reviews.

If you would like to write a review for us, or think a book should be added to our list, please contact us.


Reflection on the First World War and how it is being commemorated is sparking debate across the globe.

Centenary News will be keeping up to date with the latest discussions and invites you to add your comments.

Our first debate focuses on whether the UK Education Secretary, Michael Gove, was right to say that Britain should commemorate a “just war”.


We have created spaces on the homepage for advertisement for First World War organisations and Centenary events.

If you would like to discuss advertising on Centenary News contactcentenarynews@gmail.com, please contact us.

Search options

We have added two new search tools to the website. The first, an interactive map, will allow you to search for stories by country.

The second search feature, which is on the homepage, is by category.

An update on the Football & Peace project

The National Children’s Football Alliance, based at Kings Hill, are leading the HLF-funded Football & Peace UK project for school children aged 11-14:




The Football & Peace UK pilot project is inspired by the events of the Christmas Truce of 1914 and explores the role of sport during the First World War as reflected in the experiences of local people.

In January 2014, the Kent History & Library Centre & Maidstone Museum hosted Football & Peace First World war learning sessions for visiting school parties from:

  • High Weald Academy, Cranbrook
  • Swadelands School, Lenham
  • Herne Bay High School
  • Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne
  • The Isle of Sheppey Academy, Minster

As part of the learning session at the KHLC, the students investigated our First World War local history resources in a range of formats and answered research questions.

Research themes included:

•         First World War Sport & Propaganda

•         First World War Sport & Recruitment

•         Taking a stand for Peace:

Exploring the stories of Conscientious Objectors in Kent

•         Marking the peace in Kent

•         Walter Tull- From Folkestone boy to First World War icon

The NCFA were filming for a project documentary during our January FWW learning sessions.

A key future date for Football & Peace project activity will be Friday 25th April 2014: ‘A Peace Day Celebration at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone United Football Club’.  The event is for Participating Schools, First World War Centenary Partners, Special Guests & the General Public.  Project work undertaken by school project participants will be displayed and recorded.  There will be a range of sport activities for school project participants, played in the spirit of the 1914 Christmas Truce.

(with thanks to Rob Illingworth, Service Development Librarian- Local History, KCC Libraries, Registration and Archives)