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The Boys on the Plaque project at Researching Lives of the Great War event

Our project The Boys on the Plaque will be presenting at this event in September:
Researching Lives of the Great War
Friday 4 September, Cloisters Chamber, University of Chichester, 12 – 5pm.
A research seminar and networking event for anyone interested in researching the history of the Great War, organised by the Gateways to the First World War Public Engagement Centre and the University of Chichester.
If you are interested in researching the history of the First World War, either on a professional basis, as a member of a community group or as an individual, you are warmly invited to our research afternoon ‘Researching Lives of the Great War’. Focusing on the Great War in Sussex you will be able to find out more about three local projects which have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as hearing more about the support the Fund and the Gateways Centre can offer to projects that focus on the centenary of the war, and a talk from a leading historian on Sussex at War.
Tickets are free but must be reserved. Lunch and light refreshments are included.
Book a place here:
12:00 – 1.00: Lunch
1:00 – 1.15: Welcome and introduction to Gateways Centre.
1.15 – 2.00: Heritage Lottery Fund presentation and questions
2.00 – 2.45: Chris Kempshall, Project Officer, First World War Commemorations, East Sussex County Council: “Locating East Sussex in the First World War”
The County of East Sussex was, in many ways, located between the Home Front and the Western Front. It had a hugely important role in maintaining the army abroad and defending the country. This talk will examine how the memory of the War has changed in East Sussex and how the East Sussex First World War Project has approached the centenary in the region.
2.45 – 3.15: Tea break
3.15 – 3.45: Clare Hankinson, Fabrica: ‘The Boys on the Plaque’
3.45 – 4.15: Veronica Stephens, Zap Arts: ‘Home Fires’
4.15 – 4.45: Katherine Slay, West Sussex Record Office: ‘Graylingwell War Hospital, 1915-1919’
4.45 – 5.00: General discussion/networking.
5.00 End of event at the university.
5.30: The Legacy of Conflict: A Debate at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester.
100 years after the end of hostilities the legacy of WW1 is still a divisive subject. A panel of experts discuss the ongoing cultural impact of the Great War through W. Somerset Maugham’s For Services Rendered.
Places are free to attendees but must be booked through the theatre in advance: http://www.cft.org.uk/for-services-rendered
Friday 4 September, 5.30pm, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
Please note that by making this booking you are only reserving a place for the event at the University of Chichester. You will need to make a separate booking for the debate at the Minerva Theatre.
Any questions email gateways@kent.ac.uk
Or visit http://www.gatewaysfww.org.uk




The Gateways team are supporting a number of centenary events taking place in East Sussex and Brighton over the next few weeks.
Bexhill Museum’s First World War Question Time
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Thursday 19 March, 12.30pm-3pm

A First World War Q&A session with a panel of experts including Dr Lucy Noakes (University of Brighton), Claire Eden (Bexhill Museum), Dr Chris Kempshall (First World War Project Officer, ESCC) and Geoff Bridger (Military Historian).
Tickets £2.50 from Bexhill Museum. More information here.

Home Fires: A Haunting story of love and loss during the Great War
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 March

A large scale theatrical experience at Newhaven Fort with music, dance, sound installations, projections, professional performance and mass community participation.
Find out more on the Home Fires Facebook page.

‘Relations between French, British & American Soldiers in WW1’, a talk by Dr Chris Kempshall
Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm

An illustrated talk by Dr Chris Kempshall at Seaford Martello Tower.
Tickets £2. More information here.

Oh What a Lovely War Family Open Day
(organised with Gateways to the First World War)
Friday 10 April, 11.30am-3pm FREE

Drop in, take a look around Theatre Royal Brighton and find out what was going on there and elsewhere in the City during the First World War. Exhibitions, displays, making and doing activities and more. Suitable for all ages.
More details available on our website soon.

For more information about these and many other events around the country visit www.gatewaysfww.org.uk/events.

Soldiers at Cooden Camp – ‘Lowther’s Lambs’. Image reproduced with permission of Bexhill Museum.

Mass Observation Diary events

MO_Logo-36mm(mono)The Mass Observation Diaries, with Penny Summerfield and Dorothy Sheridan

This event comprises two talks by Penny Summerfield and Dorothy Sheridan along with a chance to look at some original diaries from the Mass Observation Archive.

Venue: The Keep, Woollards Way, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9BP
Friday, 2 May 2014 from 13:30 to 17:00
Date: Friday 2nd May 2014, 1.30-5pm
Cost: £6

Historians and the Diary: speaking for others and blurring boundaries
Penny Summerfield, University of Manchester

Penny will be reviewing the ways that social and cultural historians have used the diary as a historical source. Such historians value diaries for the intimate glimpses of everyday life that they offer, but they vary in their concerns with the ‘representativeness’ and ‘reliability’ of diaries as historical sources. For some it is important to be able to claim that the diarists they use are representative of the population they are studying and so speak not just for themselves but for the collectivity to which they belong. Others determinedly embrace the exceptionality of the diarist. Historians also vary in their approach to reliability, especially to the issue of whether a diary is more reliable the more ‘private’ it is, raising a number of questions relating to the private/public boundary.

How do historians view the shaping of diaries by public discourses and the effects of intended (and unintended) audiences on diary-writing? And in any case how secure is the boundary between the private and the public? Some historians suggest that the concept of ‘privacy’ is not a universal and that on close scrutiny many seemingly private diaries, not least those written for Mass Observation, blur the boundary.

Penny is Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester. She is currently working on a book about historians’ uses of personal testimony. She has worked extensively with both oral history and Mass Observation in her research on the social and cultural history of the Second World War.

Editing a diary for publication: the pleasures and pitfalls
Dorothy Sheridan, University of Sussex and Mass Observation Archive Trustee

In the second talk, Dorothy will talk about the process of making a diary public, drawing on her own experience as editor of Among You Taking Notes:  the wartime diary of Naomi Mitchison 1939-45.  She will explore her own relationship with the diary-writer during the editing process, and raise some ethical and practical questions about investments, privacy, shared authorship and diary research.

Dorothy is a Trustee of the Mass Observation Archive and an Honorary Professor of History at the University of Sussex. Her research interests include the use of life histories and she is a founding member of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at Sussex.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Mass Observation Archive and the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research.