Street in Elizabethville, Birtley National Projectile Factory (Image courtesy of the National Archives © File ref: MUN 5/157)

WW1 researchers invited to 'showcase' studies at UK National Archives event

Posted on on 05 August 2015
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The National Archives is offering researchers and others interested in the First World War, an opportunity to take part in a three-day interactive conference to be held in September 2016. 

The conference will concentrate on the Home Front, focusing particularly on those who were left behind during the war, as well as life and society in its immediate aftermath.

Contributions are being sought with an international as well as a British angle. 

Entitled 'Everyday Lives of the First World War', the event aims  to give community groups, museum curators, academics, local historians, independent researchers and others the opportunity to highlight their own interest. 

For example, a community group could share the wartime history of its area or a researcher could explore a particular topic or interest in the First World War. 

National Archives says it wants "to generate a lively and dynamic discussion and provide an opportunity for delegates to showcase recent research and foster new collaborations."

Interest is invited on a broad range of social, cultural and political themes ranging from factory work, female suffrage and spiritual issues through to individual stories on food provision or entertainment in a local area.

Those interested should submit a brief description of no more than 300 words by October 15th 2015.

To find out more details and get involved in 'Everyday Lives of the First World War', visit the National Archives website. The conference will be held from September 8-10th 2016. Tickets go on sale from early next year.

The event is organized in conjunction with the Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Information & images supplied by the National Archives (Photo: © File ref: MUN 5/157)

Posted by: Jim Hamilton, Centenary News