The First World War in the Classroom

Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory

Symposium (18th-19th February 2013)

The launch of this project took the form of a symposium held in London between 18th and 19th February 2013. Secondary-school teachers and academics in English and History were invited to engage in a dialogue about their experiences of teaching the First World War and the implications of the forthcoming centenary on their practice. They mixed with other delegates, representing Education Studies, museum learning and outreach, and exam boards. The symposium, generously funded by the Higher Education Academy and hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, offered a unique opportunity to mingle with other teachers and researchers from across the UK, engage in Continued Professional Development, and share best practice. It also comprised three keynote addresses by leading experts in the field of First World War Studies, a session on the use of new digital resources, and a variety of discursive and interactive breakout sessions. The event was kindly supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Royal Historical Society, the English Association and the Historical Association.

A preliminary report, detailing the discussions and findings of the symposium will be published in due course, as well as appearing in the relevant journals of the English Association and History Association.

Here's what some of the delegates said about the symposium:

  • "I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed the symposium last week. My mind has been whirring for days thinking about all the different things I can do in the classroom! Thanks so much for setting up such a great couple of days." [Teacher, North Cornwall]
  • "Very many thanks to you both for inviting me to what was a highly enjoyable and stimulating conference. It was clear from the lively discussions which went on throughout the two days that delegates not only enjoyed themselves, but that they also felt inspired to contribute whatever they could to your project." [Delegate, English Association]
  • "I found the symposium to be very enjoyable and extremely valuable and I hope that what comes out of it will continue to enlighten both scholarship and teaching of WWI in the future." [Teacher, Bournemouth]
  • "The whole conference was great and brilliantly organised. It was so inspiring to meet alongside so many different sectors within education - teachers and academics really should meet like this more regularly." [Teacher, Norfolk]

Images courtesy of Kevin Murphy Photography

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