Launch of First World War Centre, University of Hertfordshire

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ciara Meehan

Last night I was at the launch of the First World War centre at the University of Hertfordshire. There was a great turnout for an evening of soap-boxes, a Roadshow of artefacts and ephemera, and a production of J.M. Barrie’s play, A Well-Remembered Voice (1918).  In addition to academics from other universities and representatives from such museums as the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum, there was a wide variety of community groups in attendance.

Our First World War centre is one of five First World War Engagement Centres in the UK funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Each centre has a different focus, and the University of Hertfordshire (in collaboration with the Universities of Essex and Northampton) considers everyday lives: How did war affect daily life between 1914 and 1918? What was the legacy of the conflict?

Everyday Lives in War banner

With this theme in mind, we heard about how soldiers fashioned biscuits…

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