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New Focus at Impressions Gallery lauch new project ‘No Man’s Land’, uncovering women’s viewpoints on the First World War

Posted  8 May 2017 in News  
By Liz Robertson
Hanna Ahmed (left) and Nazish Majid looking at items from the archive at The Peace Museum, Bradford © Impressions Gallery Hanna Ahmed (left) and Nazish Majid looking at items from the archive at The Peace Museum, Bradford © Impressions Gallery

New Focus, a group of young people based at Impressions Gallery in Bradford, has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) ‘Young Roots’ scheme for No Man’s Land: Young People Uncover Women’s Viewpoints on the First World War. Led by New Focus, whose volunteer members are aged 16 to 25, the project will bring to light rarely-seen photographs made by women at the front-line of the First World War.

The project will enable at least 14 local young volunteers to learn research skills and get hands-on experience working in archives. New Focus will work with experts from The Peace Museum, Bradford, the University of Leeds, and IWM (Imperial War Museums). New Focus member Serena Gosal says “We’re getting a chance to look at things the public don’t usually get to see”. Gaurav Bhardwaj adds, “I’m very excited to work on the project… there are so many stories and photographs showing what women were doing during the First World War, which people should know about and appreciate”.

Thanks to National Lottery players the young people will investigate photographs taken by women including female ambulance drivers, professional photographers and Red Cross volunteers. New Focus member Asiya Hussain says, “The project offers a whole new viewpoint that hasn’t been recognised in general history, and I feel that this new insight is really interesting”.

New Focus will produce a publication and e-book, specially designed to be relevant for young people. The publication will be launched in October 2017 and distributed to thousands of young people in Bradford and beyond. New Focus will also run events and talks at Impressions Gallery.

The project has been inspired by the Centenary of the First World War and the major exhibition No Man’s Land at Impressions Gallery, 6 October to 30 December 2017. Impressions Gallery is a national charity, based in Bradford, that helps people understand the world through photography.

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