Scholars from the University of Hull are unveiling some of the everyday realities about the First World War in a special roadshow set for Skegness on Tuesday, July 22.
Historians Dr Robb Robinson and Dr Nick Evans are playing a crucial role in the BBC World War One at Home project, which is currently touring Britain to bring the history of 100 years ago to life for the current generation.
In addition to roadshows visiting various parts of the UK, the historians have spent a year working with journalists behind the scenes to develop and verify radio, television and online stories revealing the effects of the war on the Home Front here in Britain.
Dr Robb Robinson said: “Everyone who fought in the Great War has now passed away. But most people in Britain personally knew someone involved in the conflict or knows someone who was close to someone whose life was changed by that war. That memory, that essence, is still just around.”
“Friends and relations of people who have passed on, still often have something of them, perhaps a memory or an artefact. And this project and the BBC World War One at Home roadshows have helped stir up those memories. But there are perhaps countless more stories yet to come out. So we’re encouraging people to come along and learn more about the life and times of people who lived, loved, worked and fought in the war that changed the course of the 20th Century,” he said.
Dr Nick Evans added: “These roadshows provide us with a unique opportunity to reach audiences. In partnership with specialists from the Imperial War Museum, and local groups who Robb and I have worked with on the BBC World War One at Home project, the public now have the opportunity to ask the experts the answers to questions about the First World War that they cannot answer. Thousands of people have so far attended roadshows taking place across Britain and we are sure the roadshows will show the BBC just how passionate people are about history.”
Visit www.bbc.co.uk/ww1 for more information about the BBC World War One at Home project.
Entry is free and the event will take place from 10am-4pm.