A new funding award launching in April 2017 will provide grants of up to £10,000 for UK-based military heritage institutions to digitise their World War One collections and make them accessible online.
The fund will launch on 3rd April 2017 and will be open to applications from regimental and corps museums, archives, and other organisations preserving army heritage collections focussed around WW1.
The aim of the fund is to contribute to marking the centenary of the First World War and to support army heritage institutions at a time when funding for digitisation is scarce.
Two primary funding grants will be offered. The Digitisation Award, offering £2500 to support the digitisation of WW1 materials; and the Access Award, which will provide up to £10,000 to support the creation of a digital archive website and discovery portal to open up access to digitised military heritage.
The fund will be accepting applications until 28th April 2017.
For more information please click here.
IWM North, Manchester
Monday 21st November 2016
14:00 – 16:30
Join the FWWCP for an afternoon of discussion, networking and workshops at IWM North.
This meeting will give you the opportunity to:
- discuss ideas for commemorations in 2018
- share current and upcoming First World War projects
- discover more about resources available to support events and activities
To RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, organisation, and any dietary/access requirements you might have.
Deadline – Friday 29th May
The Rochdale Pioneers Museum has recently opened a new exhibition ‘From Shop Floor to Front Line’ about the experiences of co-operative employees and members during WWI. The exhibition covers themes including soldiers’ experiences, conscientious objectors, changing roles of women, supplies for the war effort and support for soldiers and refugees. The exhibition is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of a larger project which includes a summer workshop programme for young people from Rochdale Youth Service.
We are looking for a project artist or artists to:
- Plan and deliver a series of five workshops with young people aged 12-18 from Rochdale Youth Service.
- Workshops will enable the young people to explore and engage with the exhibition, responding creatively to its themes.
- We are open to proposals from all artistic media including visual and creative arts. A proposal could focus primarily on one artistic medium or could include a range of media in different workshops. This could include, but is not limited to: sculpture, animation, crafts, drama, poetry, costume making etc.
- Workshops will be held at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum, 31 Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL12 0NU or at St Mary in the Baum Church opposite the Museum.
- Workshops will be for around 12 young people.
- Workshops will take place in the school summer holidays during weeks commencing 27 July to 30 August 2015.
- Workshops will run from approximately 1pm to 4pm.
- Workshops will take place on a regular day each week, either Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays depending on the availability of the artist.
- The artist(s) will be supported by two youth leaders and at least one member of staff or an experienced volunteer from the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.
- A celebration event will be held at the Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Saturday 12 September as part of the national Heritage Open Days (HOD) weekend during which young people will be able to showcase their artistic work.
For timescale, fees and details of the tender please use the links below:
Tender proposals should be sent to Jenny Mabbott, Museum Manager via email email@example.com. To arrange an informal chat or visit to the exhibition before submitting a proposal, please contact Jenny by email or by calling 01706 524920.
Rheged Discovery Centre
Thursday 19th March
09:15 – 16:00
Featured speaker – Jane Davies, Curator, Lancashire Infantry Museum, Preston
In 2012 Lancashire Infantry Museum had virtually no learning offer, with only one school visiting. In the autumn and spring terms of 2013-14 over 1,500 pupils were put through their paces when the Museum turned an old store room into a recruiting office for a First World War schools resource.
To book a place please visit our eventbrite page
13th & 14th September 2014
09.30am to 5pm
Manx Museum & Knockaloe
From £100 per delegate
A joint conference hosted by Manx National Heritage and De Montfort University, examining internment on the Isle of Man during the First World War and bringing together a range of academics with specialist knowledge in this area.
The conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first internees on the Isle of Man, in September 1914. It is open both to the academic audience and to those members of the public with a general interest in this subject.
Saturday 13 September 2014
9.30am – Arrival & Registration iMuseum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas, Isle of Man (please see attached map for further information.
9.45am – Welcome and Introduction from Professor Panikos Panayi (De Montfort University)
10am – Session 1: Matthew Richardson (Manx National Heritage) The Isle of Man at War.
10.15am – Session 2: Yvonne Cresswell (Manx National Heritage) Knockaloe and Douglas Camps.
11.00am – break (refreshments)
11.30 am – Session 3: Dr Zoe Denness (University of Kent) The Wives of internees.
12.15pm – Session 4: Professor Tammy Proctor (Utah State University) Feeding Internees: Food Politics in Isle of Man Camps
13.00pm – Lunch & opportunity to visit the exhibition This Terrible Ordeal in the Manx Museum
2.15pm – Session 5: Professor Rainer Pöppinghege (Universität Paderborn) German Internees and the Camp Newspaper’s Functions
3.00pm – Session 6: Dr Stefan Manz (Aston University) A Comparative Study of Stobs and Knockaloe.
3.45pm – break (refreshments)
4.00pm – Session 7: Professor Matthew Stibbe (Sheffield Hallam University) The Opposite Perspective: The British in Ruhleben.
4.45pm – Closing remarks
5pm – close
Sunday 14 September 2014:
10.00am – depart Manx Museum, Douglas by coach
10.50 am – arrive at Knockaloe
11.00am – Tour of Knockaloe Camp site with Yvonne Cresswell
1.00pm – Lunch at House of Manannan, Peel, with an opportunity to shop or visit the town
2.00pm – Coach departs for Douglas
3.00pm – arrival at Douglas
Conference programme is correct at time for print. Manx National Heritage and De Montfort University reserve the right to make alterations to the conference programme.
- Conference only £100 including 2 day conference programme
- Package prices from £310 by sea / £370 by air, including 2 day conference programme, 2 Nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast, return travel as indicated, Sea View upgraded rooms on request.
All bookings exclusively via Isle of Man Event Services Ltd
Isle of Man Event Services Ltd
26a Duke Street
Isle of Man
Tel: 01624 664460
Fax: 01624 664461
Lancashire Libraries have recently posted a number of useful documents for anyone wishing to do some research into the First World War. You can find information for schools, details on how to research soldiers and links to all manner of useful websites. Some of the documents have been created by Claire York, the first Professional Development Fellowship North West as part of the project with the Museum of Lancashire and Lancashire Infantry Museum.
What I’ve been up to in the second (and final) month of my placement
I started off my second month of placement assisting at a 2 hour archaeology school session at the Museum of Lancashire. The secondary school (years 7 and 8) pupils were first taught about context i.e. the importance of considering the point in time an artefact comes from in order to best interpret it. The demonstrators used the example of future archaeologists examining items from our present e.g. a DVD player – how would they understand its purpose without context? It needs to be plugged into a wall to work, it needs electricity to power it, how is content put onto the discs, do they even have the discs in association with it? Then they put together a basic timeline of eras in British history. Next the school group was split into two, with one group learning some basic ancient languages (Ogham, Runes and Latin) and translating some sentences taken from the archaeology gallery, and the other group drew and recorded a ‘Saxon burial’ using the grave goods to work out what period it may be from. Then they swapped round. The pupils were heavily involved in the school sessions and seemed to learn a lot from it; they certainly enjoyed themselves and took away ideas to continue on back at school. The following day I took part in MODES Complete administrator level training at Preston Town Hall, with staff from both the Lancashire Infantry Museum and the Harris Museum. MODES is object archiving software used in many institutions across the UK, and though I had used it already during my internship at the Lancashire Museum last year, the training enabled me to increase my understanding of use of the software for finding objects already on the database as well as inputting new data and images.
Stephen Bull, Curator of Military History and Archaeology at the Museum of Lancashire, was asked to speak on BBC Radio Lancashire about the upcoming WWI centenary exhibitions taking place at said museum. In preparation for this I studied a 15 page letter written by an officer of the 20th Hussars in order to find adequate quotes that could get across the more personal elements to life in service during WWI – which is somewhat the focus for one of the exhibitions, hosted at the Museum of Lancashire in association with the National Army Museum. I also had the opportunity to speak briefly on the radio about the Lancashire Infantry Museum and its new Somme Room exhibition opening in August this year. Another task I undertook at the Museum of Lancashire was to attempt to locate a photo of an individual from the 14th/20th Hussars in the early 1950s as requested by his wife as an anniversary present. I had to look through the accession records to find out if any of the photo albums in the archive related to that time, check said albums in the stores, then go through the regimental magazine pdfs for the early 1950s. I sadly only found one applicable photo, though there was no guarantee that it featured the correct individual and it was not of sufficient quality to be printed and mounted as a gift, but the research enquiry process was a good learning exercise and taught me more about the collections at the Museum of Lancashire. I also located a photo album that had not been accessioned into the collection yet and input it into the records book.
Jane Davies, the curator at the Lancashire Infantry Museum, arranged for me to have two days conservation training at the Preston Conservation Centre with items from the collection, in order that I could learn current techniques in preventative conservation that we could utilise at the museum in order to improve and preserve the quality of the collections for future display and storage. I worked with uniforms, medals, weaponry, silver, wooden items and animal products i.e. horn, bone and antler over the course of my training and took detailed notes. I took this information and practical skill away and produced guide sheets on how to approach cleaning such objects and the equipment one would need, which I utilised in a day long training session with volunteers from the Lancashire Infantry Museum. I went through each product type, first demonstrating how to conserve the object, then allowing them to undertake the process with items from the collection, giving them advice and assistance along the way. I had very positive feedback on the session from the volunteers and they were keen to help in future preventative conservation sessions in order to get the collections selected for the new gallery ready for display. On my final day working with Stephen Bull I met with Peter Donnelly, the curator for the King’s Own Royal Regiment based at Lancaster Museum. We discussed his approaches to regimental collections, most notably that he has digitised much of the information of particular interest to visitors so that they can access it freely on the website – though he also explained the downsides of such e.g. receiving enquiries relating to matters perhaps mentioned in the archive descriptions but not directly relating to his expertise. I was also given a tour of the regimental stores there and his approach to archiving. The same afternoon I attended the Lancashire County Council Collections Team meeting at the Judge’s Lodgings in Lancaster and had the opportunity to get real insight into matters in current consideration in the region and where the future of collections and museum engagement is heading.
Some of my time has been spent ironing out the creases in the WWI volunteer guide and source list I had been working on in my first month. I added appendices to the volunteer guide, including a section on East, South and Loyal North Lancashire Regiment uniforms and cap badges, and an overview of the locations of each regiments’ battalions during WWI to assist research. In order to ensure the WWI source list was suitable to be placed into museums and libraries in Lancashire, I have been in contact with Rachel Cornes from the Manchester Regimental Museum and Louisa Carr at Cultural Heritage. The latter particularly was able to help me update contact details and add a few extra sources. The list has been emailed digitally to a number of sites already and will be distributed more widely in the coming weeks.
I have found my time undertaking this fellowship extremely rewarding and have come away from it with more experience, keen to continue to improve my skills within the museum sector and hopeful of future employment. I am very thankful for this opportunity.
Professional Development Fellowship North West
Lancashire Infantry Museum
Museum of Lancashire
Cumbrian Museums have established a Centenary twitter account to highlight local stories and promote County-wide activity. There is a lot of interest in the forthcoming commemorations and we are keen to show that Cumbria is active and forging ahead with plans. However, there is a need for information and details around the County. No need to make it into the 140 characters – just send information/photos to Jules Wooding at WW1Cumbria100@gmail.com and it will be posted onto our twitter feed for all to see.
Sat 23rd – Sun 24th November
University of Central Lancashire
One day – £25.00
Both days – £40.00
‘Finding Identities: Lancashire and the First World War’ is a fascinating academic conference that raises the curtain on the 1914-2014 commemorations. But it is also much more than this, being a county wide response to a very big subject that is going to demand a lot of all of us in the museums and heritage arena over the next few years. It will bring professionals and enthusiasts together, exposing them to some of the latest and most exciting research – social, military, and local.
The keynote speaker, Andy Robertshaw, now curator of the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, will be talking about the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Battle of the Somme: interesting enough in itself – but the angle he is adopting is seen through the lens of films and photographs. Here we stand on the fringes of Lancashire history, new technology, and propaganda. What is real ? What is imagined ? And what is ‘folk memory ?’. Interestingly Andy himself has his own life in front of the camera, having been ‘Army Museum Andy’ in the popular ‘Two Men in a Trench’ series that launched Neil Oliver; on ‘Time Team’, in ‘Trench Detectives’, and most recently with Hollywood. For Andy was historical advisor to Steven Spielberg on the acclaimed movie ‘War Horse’ (nominated for six Oscars).
This should set the conference to a flying start, but in addition to visits out to the Museum of Lancashire and Lancashire Infantry Museum, both of which have plenty of First World War material – and a look at the Preston war memorial project there are more than a dozen other speakers. These include Alun Edwards of Oxford University speaking on European wide projects to capture stories of the war, Nigel Neil on the archaeology of the trenches in Blackpool, Steve Williams on the Chorley Pals, papers on memorialisation, the home front, and film and the war.’
For more information and to book please visit – Conference website