Academic advisors help IWM’s digital Centenary Programme

21 December 2012 | Kate Clements

IWM’s digital centenary programme includes the successful Flickr project, Faces of the First World War

A panel of experts convened at IWM London on 19 December 2012 to offer their advice on the museum’s First World War Centenary digital projects.

Academics gathered at the Lambeth Road branch for a discussion about the museum’s online plans to mark the centenary.

The group was chaired by Professor Richard Grayson, Head of History and Professor of Twentieth Century History at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Luke Smith, Digital Lead of the IWM’s First World War Centenary Programme, commented, ‘We invited Richard Grayson to chair the group because his book Belfast Boys pioneered using large quantities of digital and other sources to analyse the war experience of one area.

‘We have worked with him to convene a group which covers a diverse range of interests and backgrounds.  Not only are different historical approaches well represented, but we are also drawing in expertise from literature and medicine, along with digital media.’

Richard Grayson said, ‘The approaching centenary offers a great opportunity for academics to engage with the public and institutions such as the IWM.  I hope that this will be an opportunity for academic expertise to have an impact on the public. It is certainly an opportunity for academic historians to learn from the vast amount of expertise to be found among those working on First World War projects inspired by local or family interests.’

Following an introduction, each member of the group was invited to speak about themselves and their area of knowledge and to outline what they would like to see from IWM’s projects. A number of ideas were put forward as to how academics and the public can connect through the plans.

The full group is listed below.  With such a wealth of experience – drawn from across the UK and the Republic of Ireland– the resulting discussion was invaluable for IWM staff in their digital planning.  The group will be continuing to work with the IWM on centenary projects.

Watch this space for the results!

Details of Advisory Group

  • Chair: Prof Richard Grayson Head of History & Professor of Twentieth Century History, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Dr Timothy Bowman Senior Lecturer in History, University of Kent
  • Prof Mark Connelly Professor of Modern British Military History, University of Kent 
  • Catriona Crowe Head of Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland
  • Dr Santanu Das Reader in English Literature, King’s College London
  • Prof Alison Fell Professor of French Cultural History, University of Leeds
  • Prof Lorna Hughes Chair in Digital Collections, University of Wales
  • Professor Alvin Jackson Richard Lodge Professor of History, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Keith Jeffery Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Prof Edgar Jones Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  • Dr Heather Jones Senior Lecturer in International History, London School of Economics 
  • Dr Chris Lintott Citizen Science Project Lead, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and Director of ‘Zooniverse’ crowdsourcing project
  • Dr Gethin Matthews Lecturer, College of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University
  • Dr Helen McCartney Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King’s College London 
  • Yvonne McEwen Director, Scotland’s War 1914-1919, University of Edinburgh; Official Historian of the British Army Nursing Service
  • Dr Jenny Macleod Lecturer in Twentieth Century History, University of Hull 
  • Prof Eunan O’Halpin Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Centre for Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin 
  • Dr Catriona Pennell Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter
  • Dr Pierre Purseigle Senior Lecturer in Modern History, Centre for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Prof Peter Simkins Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, University of Birmingham
  • William Spencer Principal Military Specialist, The National Archives
  • Nick Stanhope CEO, We Are What We Do
  • Prof Hew Strachan Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
  • Dr Melissa Terras Co-Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities; Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies at UCL
  • Dr Dan Todman Senior Lecturer in History, Queen Mary, University of London