A community heritage project based on the wartime experiences of a north east UK riverside community is bringing a series of free public lectures to Northumbria University during the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.
The lecture series, which is organised jointly by Northumbria University and the Tynemouth World War 1 Commemoration Project, examines the impact of the Great War on both participants at the front and the lives of those left behind in the former borough of Tynemouth. The Heritage Lottery Funded project is at the cutting-edge of grassroots history, using volunteers to research the First World War and the impact upon the community of Tynemouth.
Historians from Northumbria University have played an integral role in developing the lecture series by bringing a number of leading experts on the First World War onto campus to deliver the prestigious events. Speakers have so far included Professor Hew Strachan of All Souls College, Oxford and Dr Edward Madigan of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The series continues on Tuesday 4th March with Professor Gary Sheffield of the University of Wolverhampton, a military historian specialising in the two world wars and featured expert on The Pity of War, BBC2’s recent documentary examining Britain’s Decision to enter the First World War.
The lecture series runs through until May this year but may be extended due to the popularity of the series. The lectures are open to the public and free of charge and those interested in attending are strongly recommended to register in advance. More information can be found here.