WW1 Engagement Centres Showcase Event

In 2017 the WW1 Engagement Centres are holding a series of showcase events to share best practice across HLF projects as well as the Engagement Centres’ community research funded projects. These events will offer a moment of reflection and the space within which to consider the work completed by First World War commemorative projects and the new knowledge that has been brought to light.

Discussions will explore projects from their earliest inception to completion, reflect on their successes and challenges, consider the legacy of such projects and consider any future plans there may be in place to continue. The showcase will focus on the process of co-design and co-production through exploring projects and their impact on people, networks and institutions.

11am-5pm, Thursday 2 November

Tavistock Room, Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

Please contact Nicola Gauld, Coordinator for the Voices of War & Peace Engagement Centre, if you are interested in attending. The centres can cover reasonable expenses for community organisations to attend:, 0121 464 3209

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Why the First World War Failed to End

Without the Great War, much of Europe’s history in the twentieth century cannot be adequately explained. The rise of fascism and bolshevism, or the escalation of an even more violent conflict between 1939 and 1945 are unthinkable without the Great War. One hundred years after the end of the Great War, the legacies of that conflict still haunt us today, be it in Ireland or – even more strikingly – in the Middle East and in the current conflict between Russia and the Middle East. Here, the Great War raised questions that remain unanswered even today.

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In Praise of Forgetting

The conventional wisdom about historical memory is summed up in George Santayana’s celebrated phrase, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ Today, the consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget, is nearly absolute. And yet is this right?

David Rieff, an independent writer who has reported on bloody conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, and Central Asia, insists that things are not so simple. He poses hard questions about whether remembrance ever truly has, or indeed ever could, ‘inoculate’ the present against repeating the crimes of the past. He argues that rubbing raw historical wounds—whether self-inflicted or imposed by outside forces—neither remedies injustice nor confers reconciliation. If he is right, then historical memory is not a moral imperative but rather a moral option—sometimes called for, sometimes not. Collective remembrance can be toxic. Sometimes, Rieff concludes, it may be more moral to forget.

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Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland

What we know of war is always mediated knowledge and feeling. We need lenses to filter out some of its blinding, terrifying light.

Winter reveals the ways in which different creative arts have framed our meditations on war, from painting and sculpture to photography, film and poetry, and ultimately to silence, as a language of memory in its own right. He shows how these highly mediated images of war, in turn, circulate through language to constitute our ‘cultural memory’ of war.

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