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The Living Legacies of the First World War: The North East and Beyond


University Gallery

This exhibition presents the outcome of several projects that have investigated hitherto unexplored dimensions and legacies of the First World War, with a particular focus on links between the North East of England and wider national or international elements.

There are two strands to the exhibition. The first concerns the military connections between the North East of England and overseas armies, with people from the region serving in the forces of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United States. The second strand focuses on matters closer to home: the war’s transformative impact on higher education, as revealed in the experiences of university students in Durham and Newcastle, the reconstruction of university life after the war as well as students’ efforts to build international links in the wake of military conflict.

The exhibits that are featured here have been developed as the result of collaborative efforts involving academics from Northumbria University and external partners, including the Northumbria World War One Project, the National Union of Students and the Workers’ Educational Association. This work has benefited from the funding support of several organisations, including two different World War One Engagement Centres of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the US Embassy in London and the Society for Educational Studies (SES).


The exhibition will take place in the University Gallery, Sandyford Building from Tuesday, 12 November to Friday, 22 November, 10am - 4pm (closed on Sunday and Monday)

Booking is not required but for further information, please contact Daniel Laqua ( or James McConnel (


Event Details

University Gallery
Sandyford Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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