The Living Legacies 1914-18 WW1 Public Engagement Centre is supporting research projects across the UK. The Centre is particularly interested in working with HLF-funded WW1 community-based heritage projects, in those subjects that relate to the Centre's five research themes.
The links on this page connect with community-based research projects that the Living Legacies Centre has close working relationships with, including partnerships with HLF projects where the Centre is providing access to research expertise, and technical and specialist services and resources.
The Armstrong Memorial Digital Memory Book is the product of 3 years work by Archaeology staff and students in collaboration with Newcastle University Library.
Around 276 individuals who attended or worked at Armstrong College and the University of Durham College of Medicine (both of which entities eventually became Newcastle University) gave their lives during World War I. This memorial remembers the 223 who attended Armstrong College. Their names inscribed on a stone tablet at the foot of the stairs in the Armstrong building, and their average age was just 26. As we approach the centenary of the Great War, however, the stories behind these individuals have largely been forgotten.
A Unique Experiment: the resettlement of WW1 soldiers on Cleenish Island in Lough Erne
The Home Front Legacy project helps local communities identify and map the remains of the First World War across the United Kingdom. Using the tools we provide, local people can document and preserve our stories, and vulnerable remains, for future generations.
This site deals with recruitment to the forces, including not just infantry, but sailors, airmen and medical and nursing practitioners. It focuses on British/Irish wartime propaganda and reportage and on anti-conscription sentiments and the huge impact of the war on the home front, economically, culturally and socially. It deals with the material legacy of that war in terms of weapons, uniforms, souvenirs, written documents and medals.
Omagh at War 1913-1919, is an exhibit of First World War era photographs, most of which were taken by Norman Holland and presented by Dr CJ Haldane Mitchell BEM, in his well-known Images of Omagh book series (21 volumes) published by The Rotary Club from 1990-2015. The photographer Norman Holland was a solicitor based in Omagh who had a passion for photography and has left a wonderful visual record of the West Tyrone region during the First World War. The project has been developed by the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park and the Scotch-Irish Trust of Ulster in partnership with Living Legacies 1914-18 First World War Engagement Centre.
The Omagh at War 1913-1919 website may be accessed at: https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=1f8c2d51c2254a7a94b5349bca3afc26
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"I must confess I do love to be on duty on any kind of service with the Irish. There is a promptness to obey, a hilarity, a cheerful obedience and a willingness to act which I rarely met within any other body of men ... and as for fighting they were the very devils." Memoirs of John Shipp Lieutenant, 87th Regiment, 1815-25
One year, two seismic events that shaped Ireland
A century on from the events of 1916, BBC Northern Ireland revisits the testimony of those who were witness to history and looks at how people's lives were affected by the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.
These are not the stories of the history text books. Ordinary people lived through these tumultuous times and Voices 16 aims to bring their experiences to life.
Discover personal perspectives from those who experienced the events of 1916, as well as some of the social context during a pivotal year in Ireland's history.
Voices 16 will build throughout the coming months, with two landmark BBC Northern Ireland films airing on BBC One later in the year featuring characters found throughout these pages and @BBCVoices16.
Voices 16 on Twitter
Follow Voices 16 on Twitter for daily updates on life in Ireland 100 years ago, which will continue throughout the year. Newspaper reports and personal accounts mix to provide a rich picture of how people lived and what was reported back then.
Voices 16 characters
Get under the skin of the characters who provide the voices behind the projectwith biography pages that will continue to grow to reflect the progression of our character's lives as the events of 1916 unfold.
Voices 16 objects
Watch historical objects come to life with short films that explore the history and importance of such artefacts as the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and the flag of the 36th Ulster Division at the Somme.
Can you help us to find out more about the lives of the ordinary Welsh men and women of the First World War commemorated on your local war memorial?
Wales at War is a digital resource for schoolchildren, teachers and anyone with an interest in the First World War and its impact on communities across Wales. The project will engage pupils between the ages of 10 and 14 in historical research by supporting them to create biographies of the names listed on their local war memorial to help reveal the histories of the Welsh men and women who lost their lives during the war. It will develop literacy and digital literacy skills and will add to our understanding of the Welsh experience of the war on all fronts.
By 2019, with your help, we hope to have collected the biographies and personal stories of the 40,000 or so Welsh men and women – soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses and civilians – who lost their lives as part of the Welsh war effort.
The Wales at War Biography Builder tool will be restricted to schools in Wales until May 2016.
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Government Department for Education and Skills, and the Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund. It is a partnership between the National Library of Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and the Royal Navy, and also involves many schools – primary and secondary – across Wales.
“Wor Women on the Home Front – exploring North East women’s role in WW1” will focus on supporting service users of Tyneside Women’s Health to explore the impact of the First World War on women and their families in the North East of England.
Participants will access local archives with heritage experts and be shown how to conduct their own research in order to build a valuable record of previously unheard stories of life on the Home Front for local women. Participants will collect personal stories from older people within the local community whose parents and other family members lived and served during the First World War. Participants will be trained in oral history so they can collect and record these untold personal stories. Inspired by their research, participants will then unlock and capture their own personal stories through researching their family history and taking part in a series of facilitated storytelling sessions and creative workshops. Using digital technology such as tablets and smart phones participants will be empowered to record their untold stories in various formats.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the role of women in the North East during the First World War. The lives of many North East women changed during this time as they had to adapt to living without men of fighting age, taking on work opportunities previously held by men. The project will explore how family life in the North East changed as women went to work and were left to bring up families on their own while men were away fighting or if they were killed in action.
Regular blogs by service users will mean that the wider public can be kept up to date with developments and join in with the research. All research and stories that are uncovered will be digitally archived as a permanent record of the project, as well as forming part of an exhibition at the end of the project to coincide with International Women’s Day in 2015.