200 stories of life during First World War now live

Posted by ap507 at Jun 06, 2014 10:15 AM |
School of History academics contribute expertise to BBC project

Over 200 more stories of life during the First World War are now live on the BBC’s World War One At Home website, with a new search feature that allows you to input your postcode and search for stories near you.

If you enter LE1 into the search you will find the University’s contributions to the project - a programme about how the University campus served as a hospital for 74,000 servicemen injured on the Western Front. Other programmes include ‘Two Friends Went Off to War’ and ‘Tigers Who Fought at the Front’ – interesting stories about the involvement of local people in the Great War.

The project involved Dr Sally Horrocks and Colin Hyde from the School of History. The programme about the University was presented by Liberty-Breeze Heskeymee-Preston, a fifth-year medical student at the University, and Simon Dixon, the University’s Digital Humanities and Special Collections Manager, who described how the university campus changed from being a hospital in 1914-1919 to becoming the first living memorial to conflict upon the establishment of University College Leicester in 1921.