Please see below for upcoming events!

Summer events at Grosvenor Museum

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Please join us for discussion about Cheshire experiences of the First World War at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, on 12, 19 and 26 June between 5:30-7:30pm.  Wine and canapes will be served.

The events are FREE but for catering purposes and to avoid disappointment please book using the eventbrite link below:

12 June 2018: Dr Tim Grady

The “Enemy” Interned: Germans in Cheshire during the First World War

Book here: internment

19 June 2018: Dr Hannah Ewence

Refugees in Crisis?: Belgians in Cheshire during the First World War 

Book here: refugees

26 June 2018: Roundtable discussion

The Centenary of the First World War: New Directions or Old Histories? 

With Jenny Macleod, Charlotte Czyzyk, Jasdeep Singh and Kathrin Pieren

Book here: Roundtable discussion



Seminar CANCELLED because of adverse weather

Seminar: Dr Santanu Das

We are pleased to welcome Dr Santanu Das from King’s College London to speak to us on the topic of ‘South Asia and First World War Culture: Image, Text, Music’.


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The seminar is on Thursday 1st March, 2018 at 1.30pm at Chester University Parkgate Road Campus, in Best building, room CBB 115.

Everyone welcome!

Dr Santanu Das grew up in Kolkata and is currently a Reader in English Literature at King’s College, London where he researches the literature and culture of the First World War.  His publications include Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature (2006) and as editor Race, Empire and First World War Writing (Cambridge, 2011). Forthcoming is a book provisionally entitled India, Empire and the First World War: Words, Objects, Images, and Songs.  


Diversity Festival at the University of Chester

The Diverse Narratives exhibition will be on display at the University of Chester between 27 February and 10 March 2017 in the Grosvenor Common Room (next door to the Chapel).


The exhibition focuses on local stories and minority experiences of the First World War in Cheshire.  Open to members of the University and the wider community – pop by and have a look at any point during the fortnight.

A full programme for the Diversity Festival can be found by clicking the link.


*Ongoing: Riverside Museum, University of Chester

A collection of curiosities from the world of medicine, nursing, midwifery and social work, with an exhibit specifically focusing on the First World War at home.

Your Community in the First World War: A Roadshow:

How did the First World War affect your community? Do you know where the people named on your war memorial fought and died? What was life like for those who went away to fight? What happened to those who stayed at home? Did the First World War change things for women? Industry? Social welfare? What was its global impact and how did colonial troops experience it?
We invite you to explore your community’s connection with the First World War and meet up with others already doing so. These three events, in Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, will bring together community groups and other organisations who are working on projects around the heritage of the First World War, or who are interested in developing such a project. There will be an opportunity to share experiences, explore possible sources of funding (especially the Heritage Lottery Fund), exchange ideas, and learn about free support and resources, including how and where you can showcase your findings online.
This roadshow is co-hosted by the five First World War engagement centres funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Each centre represents a network of academic support and has various areas of expertise regarding First World War research. You can access their support when developing you own projects. For further information on these centres see here:
At each event we will also be offering an opportunity to learn how to digitise, record and preserve your community’s stories and memorabilia. The availability of this opportunity will be based on demand, so if you are interested in taking part in this digitisation workshop, please register for this when booking the event. You will be asked to submit a short statement of what materials (photographs, letters, diaries etc.) you would like to have digitised and how it would benefit you and/or your community group.
Places at these events are free, but limited, so book early to ensure a place.
For more information or to book a place on a digitisation workshop after booking an event contact Dr Sam Carroll, Community Heritage Researcher, Gateways to the First World War. Email
8th September, 2015 at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester.
9th September, 2015 at the City Museum, Leeds.
10th September, 2015 at Newcastle University.

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