About Us

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. 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.

Legacies of War is also partnered with Gateways to the First World War at the University of Kent.

The research and activities will be structured around five strands: Yorkshire and the Great War, Culture and the Arts, Science and Technology, War and Medicine and War and Resistance. The University houses The Liddle Collection, an archive of the First World War which includes items such as original letters and diaries, photographs, as well as written and tape-recorded recollections. The Liddle Collection provides the University with an excellent resource for exploring and researching the First World War.

If you are planning a local Centenary project or are already involved in one please do get in touch if you would like us to publicise it on our website and social media pages. We also are hoping to run a series of activities, including workshops focusing on using First World War resources, on how to research First World War ancestors, as well as a series of talks about different aspects of the war, between 2014-2018, so look at our News and Events pages for details.