The Legacies of War Centenary project is run by colleagues at the University of Leeds who have research interests in different aspects of the First World War, and is partnered with Gateways to the First World War. The 2014-18 centenary of what was referred to at the time as the ‘Great War’ is a time for reflection and debate about what happened during the war and what its profound and long-term consequences were. Members of the Legacies of War project are participating in and helping to coordinate a series of events and activities that are taking place across Leeds in 2014-18 in theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries and at the University. These events commemorate and explore different histories of the First World War, and examine its multiple historical, cultural and social legacies. There is a exciting and varied programme of events that responds to widespread public interest in this crucial period of our history.
30 Aug 2018 - 31 Jan 2019
What happened after the guns fell silent on the Western Front? One hundred years after the Armistice on 11 November 1918, this exhibition explores the legacies of the First World War.
3 December 2018
Many of women’s roles in the First World War – as nurses, munitions workers or members of the newly formed auxiliary services of the armed forces - are well-known. But what impact did this work have on women’s lives? How did they remember the war? This talk by Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds) will look at a range of examples of women from different backgrounds to consider the impact of war service on women’s lives in the 1920s and 1930s.
29 November 2018
In this talk Dr Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds) traces the journey that wounded British soldiers went on from the front line, through a variety of sites of medical care-giving, to recovery in convalescent hospitals on the home front. She looks at the different types of care-givers, both men and women, they encountered along the way, as well as significant medical technologies that helped to save lives throughout the war.
24 November 2018
Communications were as vital as armaments in the course of the Great War. Telegraph, telephone and radio were used intensively on all sides by both military and civilian personnel. This talk by Professor Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds) explores how exciting innovations were developed while new opportunities for intercepting enemy communications became possible, as scope for both winning and losing battles depended on the security of telecommunications and the skills of the men and women involved.
Monday 22 August 2016
Joyce Branagh has written a new play – Boomtime Gals – based on research carried out by residents of Oldham...
Monday 1 October 2018
Consensus and dissent in war time Leeds, 1914-1918: a case study of two Leeds City Council members According to a...
Friday 29 September 2017
A service to commemorate 100 years since Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler was killed Nellie Spindler
Monday 1 October 2018
Tracing Belgian Refugees is a new project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and run by colleagues from the University of Leeds, Leuven and UCL. Are you interested in the history of Belgian refugees in the UK during the First World War? Have you been involved in researching them in your local area? Maybe you have family stories or objects that you’d like to share? Come along to the first of our UK workshops, where you will get to know the database, and have the opportunity to meet other people in your area who are interested in this history. Monday 17th December, 1-5pm at Central Library Manchester.
Monday 1 October 2018
On 17 November 2017, the University of Leeds hosted a conference and exhibition on 'Nurses at the Front Line of Wound Care'. T
Sunday 11 February 2018
No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints of the First World War takes you on a journey through the lives of some amazing female photographers who worked during the First World War. The book is designed by young people for young people. This groundbreaking publication No Man’s Land was created by New Focus, a young people’s project group developed by Impressions Gallery. New Focus worked with heritage partners The Peace Museum Bradford, University of Leeds, and The First World War Centenary Partnership. The book brings to life the story of the First World War through the eyes of women. Professor Alison Fell provided support for the project which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.