The Unremembered: The British Story – Call for research volunteers

Big Ideas is searching for six researchers across the UK to research the largely unknown stories of British Labour Corps. This project invites researchers to unearth the compelling stories of the British Labour Corps in their locality. This research will be used in a bespoke resource shared in 2018, as well as inspiring community groups across the UK to participate in community commemoration projects this year. Deadline for research is Monday 18 July. This is part of The Unremembered: World War One’s Army of Workers programme, led by Big Ideas and funded by MHCLG and a National Lottery grant from the Big Lottery Fund. If you are interested in this research opportunity, please contact Sarah Giles ( by close of play Tuesday 19 June. Sarah can share a more detailed brief with you.

National ‘reflections’ survey launched, 11 November 2017

One of the main methodologies of our project to capture what members of the public think about the way Britain has commemorated the First World War centenary is a national online survey. We are asking anyone who has either led a project, volunteered on a project, or simply been an observer/audience member of a project that has marked the centenary of the war to complete the survey (accessible by clicking here). It will take between 20-30 minutes to complete and is available in paper copy if requested (by contacting the project lead, Lucy Noakes at The launch was accompanied by national and regional coverage via the university web pages of Essex, Exeter and Kent as well as BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Kent. Have your say!

First ‘reflective’ workshop, 13 September 2017

On 13 September, the ‘Reflections on the Centenary’ team hosted the first of a series of reflective workshops at the University of Kent, Canterbury in association with the Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre. It was attended by a number of representatives of community-led heritage projects, including Screen South: 100 Miles for 100 Years and the King’s Theatre Portsmouth: Theatre at War. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Sarah Lloyd from the University of Hertfordshire on the subject of ‘Learning from the Centenary’. You can read more about the day via our blog or by clicking here.


The Project Team. From L-R: Professor Lucy Noakes (Essex); Dr Catriona Pennell (Exeter); Dr James Wallis (Essex) and Dr Emma Hanna (Kent).