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The BBC’s World War One at Home project – BBC Nations researchers announced


Date: 31/01/2014

The researchers selected to support the BBC Nations’ (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) involvement in the ‘World War One at Home’ project were announced today. The BBC project will tell the story of the First World War through the people whose lives were transformed - in their homes, schools, churches, theatres, streets, factories, and so on. These stories are planned to be made available online and broadcast on radio and television in BBC English Regions and on BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland.

The AHRC is funding researchers to work with production teams in the BBC Nations between January and March 2014 to source, select and showcase stories related to the First World War. Researchers will advise on the war’s impact on the Nations and highlight links with broader national and international events and themes.

The researchers selected to support BBC Nations are as follows:

BBC Scotland

Dr Derek Patrick and Dr William Kenefick                          University of Dundee

Professor Alistair McCleery (opens in new window)            Edinburgh Napier University

BBC Wales

Dr Lester Mason                                                            University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Dr Gethin Matthews and Dr Gerard Oram                        Swansea University

BBC Northern Ireland

Professor Fran Brearton and Dr Marie Coleman              Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Timothy Bowman                                                    University of Kent


World War One At Home is an ambitious, large-scale project that will bring more than a thousand powerful stories to life – all linked to specific places across the UK and Ireland – in a way never told before. It will uncover surprising stories about familiar neighbourhoods where the wounded were treated, major scientific developments happened, prisoners of war were held and where heroes are buried. In what will be a unique broadcasting event, 1,400 stories (100 stories from each of eleven BBC regions, and the three BBC Nations with an additional 100 Welsh language stories from BBC Cymru Wales) will feature on BBC regional TV and Local Radio in England, as well as on national programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, starting in early 2014.

AHRC involvement in the initiative is being undertaken through its Care for the Future theme which explores how ‘the relationship between the past, present and future shapes our understanding of the world around us.’

Further information on the AHRC’s involvement in the BBC project is available on our website. 

A podcast on the pilot project in the BBC West region is available on our website.

A list of the researchers involved in the BBC regions project is also available.