Yesterday saw the launch of the new World War One Engagement Centre, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Set up by the Universities of Wolverhampton and Birmingham, with support from Newman College, Birmingham City University, and Worcester University, the Centre will be based at the new Library of Birmingham.
Because of the link with Wolverhampton, we are very proud that the launch included schoolchildren reading from material held at Wolverhampton City Archives. These detailed the deaths of two local people during in the First World War, one fighting in the trenches (in the case of Jesse Hill), and one dying at home (Maud Fellows). Both stories have already been featured in more detail on this blog. A photograph of Jesse Hill is also featured in our banner at the top of this blog. Highlights of some of these resources are also featured on the website of the Engagement Centre, entitled Voices of War and Peace.
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