28 February 2014

The University of Hertfordshire has been chosen to lead one of five new national World War One Engagement Centres. Named ‘Everyday Lives in War’, the Centre joins academics from the Universities of Hertfordshire, Essex and Northampton and will support community research exploring World War One (WW1) and its legacy across the UK.

Commemoration of the War's centenary

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), this is part of the commemoration of the War's centenary which begins this year.

The University's Centre, which will sit alongside four others at the universities of Birmingham, Kent, Nottingham and Queen's University Belfast, will connect academic and public histories of WW1. They will provide UK-wide support for community groups funded through a range of HLF programmes, particularly its new £6m 'First World War: Then and Now' community grants scheme.

Academic-community partnerships

Sarah Lloyd, Reader in History & Chair of the Heritage Hub at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "Our overriding objective is to create a vibrant and collaborative research environment that will enrich understandings of everyday lives during the First World War. The centenary is an opportunity for academic-community partnerships to explore the historical significance of a period which resonates strongly in contemporary Britain."

'Everyday Lives in War'

'Everyday Lives in War' forms part of the First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums, and will complement other AHRC activities related to the centenary, including its partnership with the BBC's WW1 at Home Project.

Following the AHRC's major call for proposals to support and encourage community interest in WW1 and its legacy, the Centres were chosen through peer review. There will be a formal launch later this year.