Community events and research project to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
10 Mar 2014
Working in partnership with a range of existing organisations, including Brighton Pavilion and Museums, Brighton Black History, Chatham Dockyards, the National Maritime Museum, Mass Observation and the Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium, Dr Noakes said the centre will support public engagement with the war, an historical event that played a fundamental role in the shaping the contemporary world.
She said: "In addition to working with community and heritage groups on histories, representations and commemorations of the war, it will provide research training, advice on sources and archival work, and opportunities for reflection on what it means to commemorate the centenary of the First World War."
Initial projects the centre is involved in include Healing War Through Art, an exhibition and seminar at the University of Brighton on the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers in the city, local histories of the First World War for schoolchildren, and a project to link schools in Kent and Flanders through commemorative projects.
Dr Noakes said: "We are very excited to have been selected for this project and to have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to work with community groups to help them share their WW1 history projects.
"The First World War was a conflict that continues to grip the imagination of generation after generation and its centenary provides a major opportunity for historians to reflect on its impact in a way that engages the public.
"Even today, 100 years on, we are learning more about the conflict and about the individuals who were involved, the casualties and the survivors, and those who suffered at home."
The UK centres will extend links with the programmes of community activities prior to a formal launch later this year.