Local History and the First World War: conference reports and news

Experience of World War One: strangers, differences and locality

Report of BALH/University of London Institute of Commonwealth Studies Conference 28 February 2014 

The following reports are available to download at the foot of this page.

Introductory comments:

  • Reflections on the relationship of locality to national and international events in the First World War, Dr Catriona Pennell, University of Exeter.


  • Responses to the black presence in Britain during the First World War, Richard Smith, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Whose Remembrance?: a study of available research on communities in Britain, and the colonial experience of the First World War, Roger Smither, Imperial War Museum.
  • Localities, nations and Empire; Britain and Ireland in times of crisis, 1912-1922, David Killingray, Goldsmiths, University of London; ICwS.
  • Using the National Archives colonial records, Mandy Banton, ICwS.
Belgian refugees leave Antwerp, October 1914

Family, Community and Remembrance

Society for One-Place Studies inaugural conference, October 2014: BALH lecture (link opens a YouTube video).