Voices of War and Peace


Principal Investigator: Ian Grosvenor
Co-investigators: Nicola Gauld (Centre Co-ordinator); Maggie Andrews; Peter Glasgow; Spencer Jones; Jenny Kidd; Siân Roberts; Dima Saber; Joanne Sayner; Michael Snape; Melanie Tebbutt
Collaborators: Birmingham Museums; Birmingham Royal Ballet; Black Country Living Museum; Cheltenham Festivals; Ikon Gallery; Library of Birmingham; Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham; WAVE: The Museums, Galleries & Archives of Wolverhampton; Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre; YMCA; BBC; Bible Society; The Church of England; Compton Verney; The Drum; Firing Line Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier; FlatPack Film Festival; The Hive, Worcester; IWM North; Made TV; Manchester Histories Festival; Museum of Cricket; National Trust; North West Film Archive; People’s History Museum; Recognize; The REP, Birmingham; Sampad South Asian Arts; Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Swanshurst School; Writing West Midlands

Voices of War and Peace: the Great War and its Legacy is a First World War Engagement Centre funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund. The University of Birmingham Centre is a joint initiative across the Midlands with Birmingham City University, Newman University, the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Worcester, and further afield with Cardiff University, University of Durham, University of Glasgow, Manchester Metropolitan University and Cardiff University.

The Engagement Centre is based in the Library of Birmingham and supports a wide range of community engagement activities, connecting academic and public histories of the First World War as part of the commemoration of the War’s centenary.

The Centre covers a broad range of relevant research knowledge that enables it to respond to diverse community interests. This research knowledge ranges from the history of Birmingham, the Black Country and urban and rural Worcestershire to the impact of air power, from the experiences of Belgian refugees to trench warfare, from Quakers and humanitarian relief to battlefield archaeology, and from caring for the casualties of war to the involvement of colonial troops and labour.

The 5 AHRC WW1 Engagement Centres are running a series of showcase events for community partners to come along and talk about their projects, meet other community groups working on WW1 projects, and to find out more about the Engagement Centres and how they can help or support.

There will be another 4 showcase events in 2017, in Newcastle (June 1), Belfast (June 19), Glasgow and London (dates tbc).

Here is a video of the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI-wZVmzAb8