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Universities at War

Universities at War

Exploring the First World War stories associated with Durham and Newcastle Universities.

Through funding from HLF's First World War: Then and Now programme, Newcastle and Durham Universities have worked in partnership to deliver an innovative community research project which aims to tell the stories of the WWI fallen associated with both institutions.

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About the research project

Over the last two years, a team of volunteers have used the Libraries Special Collection Archives to piece together the stories of the staff and students from both Universities who fought and died in the First World War, as well as the story of the Universities during these war years.

In addition to the research itself, this project has encompassed a schools outreach programme, volunteer blogs and digital story-telling, two exhibitions, community group partnerships, a student-led documentary project and an oral history project.

All of our current data has now been transferred to our new website, and we are continuing to add more as research continues. We are really proud of our new site. It’s interactive, engaging, and showcases the hard work our volunteers have put into the project. Perhaps most importantly however, it presents our research in an accessible way to schools, community groups, history groups and members of the public so that the stories gathered will not be lost.

Further information:

Highlights: See the ‘Your Stories’ section which includes two student documentaries about the project and volunteer-contributed ‘digital story’ pieces:

Funder: Heritage Lottery Fund

Duration: May 2015 – September 2017

Lead partners: Newcastle University Library and Durham University Library

Significant other involvement: Through the University Library Schools Outreach Service and Durham University Schools Outreach Service, a number of schools participated in this project.