Living Legacies 1914-18: From Past Conflict to Shared Future


Principal Investigator: Prof. Keith Lilley (Queen’s University Belfast)
Co-investigators: Johanne Devlin Trew (Ulster University); Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London); Kurt Taroff (Queen’s University Belfast); Brenda Winter-Palmer (Queen’s University Belfast); Colm Donnelly (Queen’s University Belfast); Paul Ell (Queen’s University Belfast); Lorna Hughes (University of Glasgow); Elizabeth Crooke (Ulster University)
Collaborators: National Museums Northern Ireland
Duration: From 2014

The Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) until December 2016. It forms a focal point for connecting academic and community researchers interested in how the First World War lives on in the twenty-first century world.

At its core is a group of academics from different UK universities all researching the enduring legacies of the First World War and whose shared expertise has potential to help community-led projects achieve greater levels of impact, outreach and engagement beyond their immediate localities. The Centre is based at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen’s University Belfast and represents a UK-wide research collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, University of Ulster, Newcastle University, Goldsmiths, University of London, National Library of Wales and National Museums Northern Ireland.

The Centre’s researchers work in partnership with community-based networks and projects to explore, interpret and record the ‘living legacies’ of the First World War. In particular, we are interested in helping communities across the UK to:

  •  tell their stories and share these stories with others;
  •  rediscover the forgotten First World War heritage in our landscapes;
  •  find out why and where people moved as a result of the war;
  •  express stories about the conflict through drama and theatre.

The Centre provides support on researching First World War heritage through workshops, events and activities, aimed at connecting communities in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund.