Toolkits and Publications

PDF - Discovery, Innovation and Science in the Historic Environment, Research

In this issue of Historic England Research we present a selection of projects which have shed new light on the effects of the First World War on England and which also highlight how volunteers have contributed to this knowledge. 

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Website - Time Traveller Teaching Resource

Living Legacies has launched an exciting new teaching resource which aims to engage and immerse Primary School pupils in the lives of soldiers who fought and died in WW1. The lesson plan presents a detailed guide for teachers and drama facilitators to deliver an interactive workshop which explores the experience of young men from Campbell College in Belfast. 

The teaching resource gives pupils an insight into the school life and war journey of Robert McConnell, a pupil of Campbell College who was called to active service in October 1915 only to be killed six months later. Pupil activities outlined within the resource include drama, art and creative writing tasks alongside a detailed guide for teachers on how to lead whole class and small group work. The lesson plan also includes a short drama script based on the history of Campbell College and McConnell’s letters home which can be performed by pupils within the workshop.

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Website -Decade of Centenaries

The Decade of Anniversaries refers to the period ofthe Home Rule Crisis and the Ulster Covenant Campaign in 1912 through to Partition and the establishment of two parliaments in Ireland in 1921/22. The Community Relations Council and Heritage Lottery Fund organised the first 'Remembering the Future' conference that took place on 21 March 2011. This began a continuing conversation about the issue of remembering in public space. To support this CRC and HLF developed and promoted a widely endorsed set of principles. A series of conferences and resources fairs were organised with partners. Publications and videos developed include Remembering the Future 11 Session Lecture Series, a Toolkit of case studies, videos and publications on the three conferences. We produced these in order to promote balanced understanding of difficult history, using the historical facts and drawing on different narratives.

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 Dublin's Great Wars

Book -Dublin's Great Wars -The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution

By Richard S. Grayson

For the first time, Richard S. Grayson tells the story of the Dubliners who served in the British military and in republican forces during the First World War and the Irish Revolution as a series of interconnected 'Great Wars'. He charts the full scope of Dubliners' military service, far beyond the well-known Dublin 'Pals', with at least 35,000 serving and over 6,500 dead, from the Irish Sea to the Middle East and beyond. Linking two conflicts usually narrated as separate stories, he shows how Irish nationalist support for Britain going to war in 1914 can only be understood in the context of the political fight for Home Rule and why so many Dubliners were hostile to the Easter Rising. He examines Dublin loyalism and how the War of Independence and the Civil War would be shaped by the militarisation of Irish society and the earlier experiences of veterans of the British army.

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 Exploring the Battle of the Somme

Toolkit - Exploring the Battle of the Somme. - A toolkit for students and teachers.

By Tom Thorpe, Heather Montgomery and the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis

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Question sheet (MsWord)

Answers (MsWord)

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Booklet - Place & Memory

Commemorating the Battle of the Somme and its Clandeboye connections — 1916-2016

Keith Lilley and Heather Montgomery, Queen’s University Belfast; Tom Thorpe, WFA(Western Front Association); Images - photographs were reproduced with the permission of the Bleakley family and Carol Walker, Somme Association; The Marchioness of Dufferin and AVA; Historic maps through assistance from Nick Millea and courtesy of Bodleian Library, University of Oxford; Design managed by

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Website - Home legacy 1914-18

A UK-wide project helping communities record and map our First World War sites, coordinated by the Council for Britsh Archaeology.

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 The Decisive Moment

The Decisive Moment,

Quarterly journal from the Documentary Group, The Royal Photographic Society, showcasing the Living Legacies funded Refocusing Perspective Project.

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