2019 World War One Engagement Centres Festival – ‘Legacies of the First World War’

11 July 2018 | Liz Robertson

The AHRC WW1 Engagement Centres would like to invite anyone involved with a First World War project to share their work at the Legacies of the First World War Festival, which will be held across the UK in 2019.

The Festivals

Each festival will have a unique theme which will explore the different types of collaborative work that has been done around First World War subjects since 2014, and think about how community organisations and academics can continue working together to explore all aspects of the past.

22 & 23 March 2019: Birmingham, Midland Arts Centre, theme ‘Diversity’

This festival will explore the First World War and diversity in all its forms

18-25 May 2019: Northern Ireland (multiple venues), theme ‘Shared heritage’

This festival will explore the idea of shared heritage around WW1 commemorations

July 2019 (dates tbc): South Wales (multiple venues), theme ‘Community activism’

This festival will explore community activism in WW1 commemorations and the impact of community-focused projects on institutions

30 & 31 August 2019: Glasgow, Glasgow Women’s Library, theme ‘Women and war’

This festival will look beyond the typical stories told about women’s involvement in WW1, which have tended to focus on munitions and nursing, to offer a more diverse and varied interpretation

7 November 2019: Final Conference ‘Legacy, Impact and Next Steps’

Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London

In addition, there will be a ‘Policy Breakfast’ at the start of each event, enabling funders, local politicians, community and cultural organisations, creative practitioners and academics to discuss the legacy and impact of the Engagement Centres. At each breakfast there will be a screening of a ‘Talking Heads’ film produced by the Voices of War & Peace Centre.


We welcome community organisers, heritage and creative workers, academics, local historians, and members of the public.
WW1 Engagement Centres

How to take part

Please contact Nicola Gauld, Coordinator of the Voices of War & Peace Centre for a proposal form: n.gauld@bham.ac.uk

Your proposal could take the form of a 20 minute presentation about your project, a longer workshop (up to 50 minutes), a film screening, a guided walk, a short drama or music performance, or other form of presentation.

Your proposal should be submitted to Nicola by 1 October 2018. The festival planning group will contact you as soon as possible after that date to discuss your proposal.

There is a limited budget for bursaries to cover the costs of community organisations to attend and present their work. Please contact Nicola Gauld as soon as possible if you require a bursary as these will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.