The human cost of war

Posted by pt91 at Feb 10, 2017 11:47 AM |
New AHRC-funded study led by the University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 10 February 2017

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The human cost of civil wars is to be investigated in a new study led by the University of Leicester.

‘Welfare, Conflict and Memory during and after the English Civil Wars, 1642-1700’ is a four-year project funded by a major grant of over £800,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The project is based at the University of Leicester and commences on 1 June 2017. It will analyse how ordinary men and women remembered the conflict, and how victims of the war negotiated with authorities for charitable relief.

The project’s principal investigator is Dr Andrew Hopper (Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester), and the co-investigators are Dr David Appleby (University of Nottingham), Dr Lloyd Bowen (Cardiff University) and Professor Mark Stoyle (University of Southampton). The team will shortly recruit a full-time post-doctoral research fellow to assist in the management of the project.

Dr Hopper said: “It is particularly fitting that this project should be based at Leicester, given that the University was founded as a memorial to World War One. This project will publish and interpret the graphic testimonies of what it felt like for everyday seventeenth-century people to live with horrific wounds, trauma, suffering and loss inflicted by a war that took away a larger proportion of the British population than both the World Wars.”

The main output will be a freely available website containing photographs and transcriptions of every petition for relief from maimed soldiers and war widows in England and Wales relating to losses suffered in the Civil Wars. Genealogists and family historians will also benefit from the website’s searchable list of claimants to military welfare in these years, which will include details of the sums awarded to them. This website, together with a separate education website for schools entitled ‘Death and Survival in the Civil Wars’ will be developed and hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Multimedia Online Archive Service.

The project team will be collaborating with the recently established National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum, Nottinghamshire. Building on the Museum’s successful ‘Battle-Scarred’ exhibition about civil-war military welfare, the project and Museum will collaborate in organising special events, exhibitions and teachers’ workshops. The project will also support the production of a research monograph and articles by the project team as well as an international conference and two collections of scholarly essays.


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