Last week I was busy hosting a week-long exchange with MA students and their professor from the University of South Carolina. This stemmed from a visit I made in June 2012. I was delighted to get our current Public History students and their American peers talking in what proved to be a really stimulating week about history in the public sphere.
The IWM (Imperial War Museums) and brightsolid, are working in partnership
to create Lives of the First World War – an innovative and interactive digital platform to mark the First World War Centenary. It is part of IWM’s First World War Centenary programme. I’m delighted to be involved as part of the Academic Advisory Group.
I’m excited to announce the launch of our project website to accompany the AHRC funded project ‘The First World War in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory‘ which is part of their ‘Care for the Future’ theme. Take a moment to have a look around – and read our post-symposium report.
A unique symposium that brought secondary school teachers and academics in English and History took place at the IHR, London between 18th and 19th February 2013, organised by myself and Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus (Northumbria). This was the launch event of their AHRC exploratory award ‘The First World War in the Classroom’ which runs until November 2013. Almost 50 delegates from across the UK engaged in a dialogue about their experiences of teaching the First World War and the implications of the forthcoming centenary on their practice. Along with teachers and academics, delegates represented Education Studies, museum learning and outreach, and exam boards. The event was kindly supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Royal Historical Society, the English Association and the Historical Association.
Follow this link to hear me talking about my research live on RTÉ radio’s ‘The History Show’ on 9th December 2012. Live radio is scary, but a great experience!
An essay I wrote, published in the November edition of Historically Speaking, has been awarded the Jack Miller Center’s Prize for the best essay accepted for publication in Historically Speaking during 2012 in the area of military/diplomatic history. It is entitled, “Popular History and Myth-Making: The Role and Responsibility of First World War Historians in the Centenary Commemorations, 2014-2018”. I’m very grateful for this recognition of my work!
A podcast series that I’ve been involved in has gone ‘live’ on Oxford Podcasts and iTunesU
It features a series of short introductory talks from experts in the field presenting new perspectives on the First World War.
In collaboration with Professor Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London) I am delighted to announce the launch of a special website to gather information and knowledge about Ireland’s involvement in the First World War. The www.irelandww1.org website project will collate research and event information and act as a networking forum to allow academics, and members of the public and various organisations to introduce themselves to each other. We hope that this website will continue to develop positive working relations and collaborations between academics and non-university led organisations who share the same passion: to enhance public understanding of Ireland’s experience of the First World War.
JISC and Wikimedia UK hosted the first of it’s kind ‘Editathon’ around World War One at the British Library on the 16th June 2012. Academic experts and editors of Wikipedian (Wikipedians) were brought together to create and improve Wikipedia articles on WW 1 topics. The aim of the event was to increase coverage and make the information accurate, consistent, wide-ranging and up-to-date as possible and to build bridges between Wikipedian and academic communities. This video explains more about what we achieved!