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World War One At Home: local stories from a global conflict on BBC radio, TV & online from 24 February

Posted  19 February 2014 in News  
By Kate Clements
BBC WW1 at home

Starting on Monday February 24, World War One At Home, a UK-wide BBC project, will begin broadcasting over a thousand powerful stories – all linked to specific places across the country – in a way never told before.

World War One at Home will broadcast 1,400 stories throughout 2014 and 2015 across all BBC Local Radio stations and regional television in England and the Channel Islands, and on BBC Scotland, BBC Wales and BBC Northern Ireland, and online.

This unique broadcasting event will uncover surprising stories about familiar neighbourhoods where the wounded were treated; crucial front line supplies were made; major scientific developments happened; prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried.

To help unearth and bring these original wartime accounts to life, IWM (Imperial War Museums) is working together with the BBC in a partnership that will span the World War One Centenary.

Many of the stories broadcast in the BBC’s North West regions will also feature in IWM North’s forthcoming From Street To Trench exhibition.

All BBC Local Radio stations across England will broadcast a World War One At Home story at 8.15am each weekday morning, and at various times throughout the day, from Monday 24 February to Friday 28 February. More World War One At Home stories will be broadcast in April and through the rest of the year.

Each World War One At Home story, including those with video, will be shareable via social media. You can browse hundreds of stories online from 24 February.

The stories provide a valuable local perspective to the BBC’s Word War One digital offer across programmes, news, and the BBC iWonder Guides, showing the impact of global events on a local level.

Links can be followed to local museums and organisations, encouraging the wider study of wartime topics, from local letters and museums to the World War One At Home partner, IWM’s Lives of the First World War.

Find out more about the World War One at Home project and other programmes on the BBC’s World War One site.

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