The researchers selected to participate in the BBC’s ‘World War One at Home’ project have been announced. 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 broadcast on local radio and regional television in BBC English Regions and on television and radio in BBC Wales, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland.
The announcement follows the BBC's unveiling of their entire offering for the World War One commemoration beginning next year.
The AHRC is funding researchers to work with broadcast journalists in the BBC Regions in England between September and January 2014 to source, select and showcase stories related to the First World War. Researchers will advise on the war’s impact on the regions and highlight links with broader national and international events and themes.
Following a successful pilot project held in the BBC West region, the initiative is now being rolled out across England, with the BBC Nations undertaking similar initiatives early next year. The AHRC recently issued a call for the planned projects in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The researchers selected for the next phase of the project are:
North East and Cumbria
Dr Martin Farr and Caroline Nielsen (PhD student), University of Newcastle
Professor Frank McDonough and Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson, Liverpool John Moores University
Dr Jessica Meyer and Dr Kate Vigurs, University of Leeds
E Yorks and Lincolnshire
Dr Robb Robinson and Dr Nicholas Evans, University of Hull
Dr Sally Horrocks and Colin Hyde, University of Leicester
Professor Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University
Roger Deeks (PhD student), University of Birmingham
Professor Jane Chapman, University of Lincoln
Professor Ian Beckett, University of Kent
Dr Helen McCartney, King’s College London
Dr Kent Fedorowich and Dr Charles Booth, UWE
Dr Daniel Todman, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr Jonathan Black, Kingston University
Professor Mark Connelly, University of Kent
Following their involvement in the successful pilot project in the West region, Kent Fedorowich and Charles Booth will have roles as national advisers to the researchers, alongside their work in the BBC South West region.
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 – 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) 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.