Welcome to the Diverse Narratives of WWI website! This project is what you make of it, and we hope you explore the site and add your memories, stories, artefacts, and experiences of minority groups in Cheshire during the First World War. By “minority,” we simply mean anyone who does not fit the traditional stories or narratives, whether this means via ethnic, national, religious, ideological, or a number of other differences. If you have a question about the project, or how to contribute, do not hesitate to get in touch: we want to hear from you!
Part of the Gateways to the First World War network, as well as the Hidden Histories WWI network, Diverse Narratives is a project designed to engage the people of Cheshire in researching and writing the history of the Great War, and we will be having several public events to help make this a dynamic and exciting process. This website will be a meeting place for those who are interested in the project, and a place to contribute and share memories, stories, artefacts, and experiences to build a comprehensive picture of what life in Cheshire was like during the First World War. The website will also be a place to learn about coming events in your communities to showcase the work being done for the project, and we hope to see you at them. If you, or someone you know, has knowledge of the experiences of minority groups in Cheshire during the war, please contact us.
Diverse Narratives is hosted by the Department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester. The department has a long tradition of excellence in Military History and close ties with several local heritage organizations, who are crucial participants in this project.
If you would like to get involved, in no matter how small a role, please contact our Senior Researcher, Dr Nicola Morris, via email at nicolamorris [at] chester.ac.uk, via Twitter at @CheshireWWI, or via post at Dr N. Morris, Department of History & Archaeology, Binks Building, The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, CH1 4BJ.
Together, we can discover the diverse and rich history of Cheshire, while creating a lasting mosaic of narratives detailing unique characters, moments, and groups in the region, from 1914-1918.